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Receptive Field Block Net for Accurate and Fast Object Detection

By Songtao Liu, Di Huang, Yunhong Wang

Updates: we propose a new method to get 42.4 mAP at 45 FPS on COCO, code is available here


Inspired by the structure of Receptive Fields (RFs) in human visual systems, we propose a novel RF Block (RFB) module, which takes the relationship between the size and eccentricity of RFs into account, to enhance the discriminability and robustness of features. We further assemble the RFB module to the top of SSD with a lightweight CNN model, constructing the RFB Net detector. You can use the code to train/evaluate the RFB Net for object detection. For more details, please refer to our ECCV paper.


VOC2007 Test

System mAP FPS (Titan X Maxwell)
Faster R-CNN (VGG16) 73.2 7
YOLOv2 (Darknet-19) 78.6 40
R-FCN (ResNet-101) 80.5 9
SSD300* (VGG16) 77.2 46
SSD512* (VGG16) 79.8 19
RFBNet300 (VGG16) 80.7 83
RFBNet512 (VGG16) 82.2 38


System test-dev mAP Time (Titan X Maxwell)
Faster R-CNN++ (ResNet-101) 34.9 3.36s
YOLOv2 (Darknet-19) 21.6 25ms
SSD300* (VGG16) 25.1 22ms
SSD512* (VGG16) 28.8 53ms
RetinaNet500 (ResNet-101-FPN) 34.4 90ms
RFBNet300 (VGG16) 30.3 15ms
RFBNet512 (VGG16) 33.8 30ms
RFBNet512-E (VGG16) 34.4 33ms


System COCO minival mAP #parameters
SSD MobileNet 19.3 6.8M
RFB MobileNet 20.7 7.4M

Citing RFB Net

Please cite our paper in your publications if it helps your research:

author = {Liu, Songtao and Huang, Di and Wang, andYunhong},
title = {Receptive Field Block Net for Accurate and Fast Object Detection},
booktitle = {The European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)},
month = {September},
year = {2018}


  1. Installation
  2. Datasets
  3. Training
  4. Evaluation
  5. Models


  • Install PyTorch-0.4.0 by selecting your environment on the website and running the appropriate command.
  • Clone this repository. This repository is mainly based on ssd.pytorch and Chainer-ssd, a huge thank to them.
    • Note: We currently only support PyTorch-0.4.0 and Python 3+.
  • Compile the nms and coco tools:

Note: Check you GPU architecture support in utils/, line 131. Default is:

'nvcc': ['-arch=sm_52',
  • Then download the dataset by following the instructions below and install opencv.
conda install opencv

Note: For training, we currently support VOC and COCO.


To make things easy, we provide simple VOC and COCO dataset loader that inherits making it fully compatible with the torchvision.datasets API.

VOC Dataset

Download VOC2007 trainval & test
# specify a directory for dataset to be downloaded into, else default is ~/data/
sh data/scripts/ # <directory>
Download VOC2012 trainval
# specify a directory for dataset to be downloaded into, else default is ~/data/
sh data/scripts/ # <directory>

COCO Dataset

Install the MS COCO dataset at /path/to/coco from official website, default is ~/data/COCO. Following the instructions to prepare minival2014 and valminusminival2014 annotations. All label files (.json) should be under the COCO/annotations/ folder. It should have this basic structure


UPDATE: The current COCO dataset has released new train2017 and val2017 sets which are just new splits of the same image sets.


mkdir weights
cd weights
  • To train RFBNet using the train script simply specify the parameters listed in as a flag or manually change them.
python -d VOC -v RFB_vgg -s 300 
  • Note:
    • -d: choose datasets, VOC or COCO.
    • -v: choose backbone version, RFB_VGG, RFB_E_VGG or RFB_mobile.
    • -s: image size, 300 or 512.
    • You can pick-up training from a checkpoint by specifying the path as one of the training parameters (again, see for options)
    • If you want to reproduce the results in the paper, the VOC model should be trained about 240 epoches while the COCO version need 130 epoches.


To evaluate a trained network:

python -d VOC -v RFB_vgg -s 300 --trained_model /path/to/model/weights

By default, it will directly output the mAP results on VOC2007 test or COCO minival2014. For VOC2012 test and COCO test-dev results, you can manually change the datasets in the file, then save the detection results and submitted to the server.



Receptive Field Block Net for Accurate and Fast Object Detection, ECCV 2018





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