RAMP-CNN: A Novel Neural Network for Enhanced Automotive Radar Object Recognition

NeurIPS 2020

RAMP-CNN: A Novel Neural Network for Enhanced Automotive Radar Object Recognition

Dec 06, 2020
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Millimeter-wave (mmW) radars are being increasingly integrated into commercial vehicles to support new advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) by enabling robust and high-performance object detection, localization, as well as recognition - a key component of new environmental perception. In this paper, we propose a novel radar multiple-perspectives convolutional neural network (RAMP-CNN) that extracts the location and class of objects based on further processing of the range-velocity-angle (RVA) heatmap sequences. To bypass the complexity of 4D convolutional neural networks (NN), we propose to combine several lower-dimension NN models within our RAMP-CNN model that nonetheless approaches the performance upper-bound with lower complexity. The extensive experiments show that the proposed RAMP-CNN model achieves better average recall (AR) and average precision (AP) than prior works in all testing scenarios (see Table. III). Besides, the RAMP-CNN model is validated to work robustly under the nighttime, which enables low-cost radars as a potential substitute for pure optical sensing under severe conditions. Speakers: Xiangyu Gao, Guanbin Xing, Sumit Roy, Hui Liu

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