AdaScale: Towards Real-time Video Object Detection using Adaptive Scaling

Part of Proceedings of Machine Learning and Systems 1 (MLSys 2019)

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Ting-Wu Chin, Ruizhou Ding, Diana Marculescu


In vision-enabled autonomous systems such as robots and autonomous cars, video object detection plays a crucial role, and both its speed and accuracy are important factors to provide reliable operation. The key insight we show in this paper is that speed and accuracy are not necessarily a trade-off when it comes to image scaling. Our results show that re-scaling the image to a lower resolution will sometimes produce better accuracy. Based on this observation, we propose a novel approach, dubbed AdaScale, which adaptively selects the input image scale that improves both accuracy and speed for video object detection. To this end, our results on ImageNet VID and mini YouTube-BoundingBoxes datasets demonstrate 1.3 points and 2.7 points mAP improvement with 1.6× and 1.8× speedup, respectively. Additionally, we improve state-of-the-art video acceleration work by an extra 1.25× speedup with slightly better mAP on ImageNet VID dataset.