Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Visual Detection and Tracking using Deep Neural Networks: A Performance Benchmark

Brian K.S. Isaac-Medina, Matt Poyser, Daniel Organisciak, Chris G. Willcocks, Toby P. Breckon, Hubert P.H. Shum

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Abstract

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) can pose a major risk for aviation safety, due to both negligent and malicious use. For this reason, the automated detection and tracking of UAV is a fundamental task in aerial security systems. Common technologies for UAV detection include visible-band and thermal infrared imaging, radio frequency and radar. Recent advances in deep neural networks (DNNs) for image-based object detection open the possibility to use visual information for this detection and tracking task. Furthermore, these detection architectures can be implemented as backbones for visual tracking systems, thereby enabling persistent tracking of UAV incursions. To date, no comprehensive performance benchmark exists that applies DNNs to visible-band imagery for UAV detection and tracking. To this end, three datasets with varied environmental conditions for UAV detection and tracking, comprising a total of 241 videos (331, 486 images), are assessed using four detection architectures and three tracking frameworks. The best performing detector architecture obtains an mAP of 98.6% and the best performing tracking framework obtains a MOTA of 98.7%. Cross-modality evaluation is carried out between visible and infrared spectrums, achieving a maximal 82.8% mAP on visible images when training in the infrared modality. These results provide the first public multi-approach benchmark for state-of-the-art deep learning-based methods and give insight into which detection and tracking architectures are effective in the UAV domain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision Workshops, ICCVW 2021
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherIEEE
Pages1223-1232
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781665401913
ISBN (Print)9781665401920
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2021
Event18th IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision Workshops, ICCVW 2021 - Virtual, Online, Canada
Duration: 11 Oct 202117 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision
PublisherIEEE
Volume2021-October
ISSN (Print)1550-5499

Conference

Conference18th IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision Workshops, ICCVW 2021
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVirtual, Online
Period11/10/2117/10/21

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