Energy-Efficient Object Detection Using Semantic Decomposition

Priyadarshini Panda, Swagath Venkataramani, Abhronil Sengupta, Anand Raghunathan, Kaushik Roy

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In this brief, we present a new approach to optimize energy efficiency of object detection tasks using semantic decomposition to build a hierarchical classification framework. We observe that certain semantic information like color/texture is common across various images in real-world data sets for object detection applications. We exploit these common semantic features to distinguish the objects of interest from the remaining inputs (nonobjects of interest) in a data set at a lower computational effort. We propose a 2-stage hierarchical classification framework, with increasing levels of complexity, wherein the first stage is trained to recognize the broad representative semantic features relevant to the object of interest. The first stage rejects the input instances that do not have the representative features and passes only the relevant instance to the second stage. Our methodology thus allows us to reject certain information at lower complexity and utilize the full computational effort of a network only on a smaller fraction of inputs resulting in energy-efficient detection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7954989
Pages (from-to)2673-2677
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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