Compact retail shelf segmentation for mobile deployment

Pratyush Kumar, Muktabh Mayank Srivastava

The recent surge of automation in the retail industries has rapidly increased demand for applying deep learning models on mobile devices. To make the deep learning models real-time on-device, a compact efficient network becomes inevitable. In this paper, we work on one such common problem in the retail industries - Shelf segmentation. Shelf segmentation can be interpreted as a pixel-wise classification problem, i.e., each pixel is classified as to whether they belong to visible shelf edges or not. The aim is not just to segment shelf edges, but also to deploy the model on mobile devices. As there is no standard solution for such dense classification problem on mobile devices, we look at semantic segmentation architectures which can be deployed on edge. We modify low-footprint semantic segmentation architectures to perform shelf segmentation. In addressing this issue, we modified the famous U-net architecture in certain aspects to make it fit for on-devices without impacting significant drop in accuracy and also with 15X fewer parameters. In this paper, we proposed Light Weight Segmentation Network (LWSNet), a small compact model able to run fast on devices with limited memory and can train with less amount (~ 100 images) of labeled data.

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