VisDrone-DET2018: The vision meets drone object detection in image challenge results
Object detection is a hot topic with various applications in computer vision, e.g., image understanding, autonomous driving, and video surveillance. Much of the progresses have been driven by the availability of object detection benchmark datasets, including PASCAL VOC, ImageNet, and MS COCO. However, object detection on the drone platform is still a challenging task, due to various factors such as view point change, occlusion, and scales. To narrow the gap between current object detection performance and the real-world requirements, we organized the Vision Meets Drone (VisDrone2018) Object Detection in Image challenge in conjunction with the 15th European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV 2018). Specifically, we release a large-scale drone-based dataset, including 8, 599 images (6, 471 for training, 548 for validation, and 1, 580 for testing) with rich annotations, including object bounding boxes, object categories, occlusion, truncation ratios, etc. Featuring a diverse real-world scenarios, the dataset was collected using various drone models, in different scenarios (across 14 different cities spanned over thousands of kilometres), and under various weather and lighting conditions. We mainly focus on ten object categories in object detection, i.e., pedestrian, person, car, van, bus, truck, motor, bicycle, awning-tricycle, and tricycle. Some rarely occurring special vehicles (e.g., machineshop truck, forklift truck, and tanker) are ignored in evaluation. The dataset is extremely challenging due to various factors, including large scale and pose variations, occlusion, and clutter background. We present the evaluation protocol of the VisDrone-DET2018 challenge and the comparison results of 38 detectors on the released dataset, which are publicly available on the challenge website: http://www.aiskyeye.com/ . We expect the challenge to largely boost the research and development in object detection in images on drone platforms.