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A Computer Vision System to Localize and Classify Wastes on the Streets

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Littering quantification is an important step for improving cleanliness of cities. When human interpretation is too cumbersome or in some cases impossible, an objective index of cleanliness could reduce the littering by awareness actions. In this paper, we present a fully automated computer vision application for littering quantification based on images taken from the streets and sidewalks. We have employed a deep learning based framework to localize and classify different types of wastes. Since there was no waste dataset available, we built our acquisition system mounted on a vehicle. Collected images containing different types of wastes. These images are then annotated for training and benchmarking the developed system. Our results on real case scenarios show accurate detection of littering on variant backgrounds.

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The authors would like to thank Mr. Niels Michel, Manager of Dialog & Service at City of Zurich for sharing his in-depth experience on cleanliness measurement thus significantly contributing to this project.

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Rad, M.S. et al. (2017). A Computer Vision System to Localize and Classify Wastes on the Streets. In: Liu, M., Chen, H., Vincze, M. (eds) Computer Vision Systems. ICVS 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 10528. Springer, Cham.

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