In this work, we describe a License Plate Recognition (LPR) system designed around convolutional neural networks (CNNs) trained on synthetic images to avoid collecting and annotating the thousands of images required to train a CNN. First, we propose a framework for generating synthetic license plate images, accounting for the key variables required to model the wide range of conditions affecting the aspect of real plates. Then, we describe a modular LPR system designed around two CNNs for plate and character detection enjoying common training procedures and train the CNNs and experiment on three different datasets of real plate images collected from different countries. Our synthetically trained system outper- forms multiple competing systems trained on real images, showing that synthetic images are effective at training a CNNs for LPR if the training images have sufficient variance of the key variables controlling the plate aspect.
|Titolo:||Robust license plate recognition using neural networks trained on synthetic images|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.patcog.2019.04.007|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|