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Recent Advances in Electrical & Electronic Engineering


ISSN (Print): 2352-0965
ISSN (Online): 2352-0973

Research Article

Small Targets Detection for Transmission Tower Based on SRGAN and Faster RCNN

Author(s): Runze Liu, Guangwei Yan, Hui He*, Yubin An, Ting Wang and Xile Huang

Volume 14, Issue 8, 2021

Published on: 26 October, 2021

Page: [812 - 825] Pages: 14

DOI: 10.2174/2352096514666211026143543

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Background: Power line inspection is essential to ensure the safe and stable operation of the power system. Object detection for tower equipment can significantly improve inspection efficiency. However, due to the low resolution of small targets and limited features, the detection accuracy of small targets is not easy to improve.

Objective: This study aimed to improve the tiny targets’ resolution while making the small target's texture and detailed features more prominent to be perceived by the detection model.

Methods: In this paper, we propose an algorithm that employs generative adversarial networks to improve small objects' detection accuracy. First, the original image is converted into a superresolution one by a super-resolution reconstruction network (SRGAN). Then the object detection framework Faster RCNN is utilized to detect objects on the super-resolution images.

Results: The experimental results on two small object recognition datasets show that the model proposed in this paper has good robustness. It can especially detect the targets missed by Faster RCNN, which indicates that SRGAN can effectively enhance the detailed information of small targets by improving the resolution.

Conclusion: We found that higher resolution data is conducive to obtaining more detailed information of small targets, which can help the detection algorithm achieve higher accuracy. The small object detection model based on the generative adversarial network proposed in this paper is feasible and more efficient. Compared with Faster RCNN, this model has better performance on small object detection.

Keywords: Small object detection, generative adversarial network (GAN), SRGAN, faster RCNN, region proposal, network (RPN), region of interest (ROI), super-resolution reconstruction network, computer vision.

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