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Awesome - Image Classification


A curated list of deep learning image classification papers and codes since 2014, Inspired by awesome-object-detection, deep_learning_object_detection and awesome-deep-learning-papers.


I believe image classification is a great start point before diving into other computer vision fields, espacially for begginers who know nothing about deep learning. When I started to learn computer vision, I've made a lot of mistakes, I wish someone could have told me that which paper I should start with back then. There doesn't seem to have a repository to have a list of image classification papers like deep_learning_object_detection until now. Therefore, I decided to make a repository of a list of deep learning image classification papers and codes to help others. My personal advice for people who know nothing about deep learning, try to start with vgg, then googlenet, resnet, feel free to continue reading other listed papers or switch to other fields after you are finished.

Note: I also have a repository of pytorch implementation of some of the image classification networks, you can check out here.

Performance Table

For simplicity reason, I only listed the best top1 and top5 accuracy on ImageNet from the papers. Note that this does not necessarily mean one network is better than another when the acc is higher, cause some networks are focused on reducing the model complexity instead of improving accuracy, or some papers only give the single crop results on ImageNet, but others give the model fusion or multicrop results.

  • ConvNet: name of the covolution network
  • ImageNet top1 acc: best top1 accuracy on ImageNet from the Paper
  • ImageNet top5 acc: best top5 accuracy on ImageNet from the Paper
  • Published In: which conference or journal the paper was published in.
ConvNet ImageNet top1 acc ImageNet top5 acc Published In
Vgg 76.3 93.2 ICLR2015
GoogleNet - 93.33 CVPR2015
PReLU-nets - 95.06 ICCV2015
ResNet - 96.43 CVPR2015
PreActResNet 79.9 95.2 CVPR2016
Inceptionv3 82.8 96.42 CVPR2016
Inceptionv4 82.3 96.2 AAAI2016
Inception-ResNet-v2 82.4 96.3 AAAI2016
Inceptionv4 + Inception-ResNet-v2 83.5 96.92 AAAI2016
RiR - - ICLR Workshop2016
Stochastic Depth ResNet 78.02 - ECCV2016
WRN 78.1 94.21 BMVC2016
SqueezeNet 60.4 82.5 arXiv2017(rejected by ICLR2017)
GeNet 72.13 90.26 ICCV2017
MetaQNN - - ICLR2017
PyramidNet 80.8 95.3 CVPR2017
DenseNet 79.2 94.71 ECCV2017
FractalNet 75.8 92.61 ICLR2017
ResNext - 96.97 CVPR2017
IGCV1 73.05 91.08 ICCV2017
Residual Attention Network 80.5 95.2 CVPR2017
Xception 79 94.5 CVPR2017
MobileNet 70.6 - arXiv2017
PolyNet 82.64 96.55 CVPR2017
DPN 79 94.5 NIPS2017
Block-QNN 77.4 93.54 CVPR2018
CRU-Net 79.7 94.7 IJCAI2018
ShuffleNet 75.3 - CVPR2018
CondenseNet 73.8 91.7 CVPR2018
NasNet 82.7 96.2 CVPR2018
MobileNetV2 74.7 - CVPR2018
IGCV2 70.07 - CVPR2018
hier 79.7 94.8 ICLR2018
PNasNet 82.9 96.2 ECCV2018
AmoebaNet 83.9 96.6 arXiv2018
SENet - 97.749 CVPR2018
ShuffleNetV2 81.44 - ECCV2018
IGCV3 72.2 - BMVC2018
MnasNet 76.13 92.85 CVPR2018
SKNet 80.60 - CVPR2019
DARTS 73.3 91.3 ICLR2019
ProxylessNAS 75.1 92.5 ICLR2019
MobileNetV3 75.2 - arXiv2019
Res2Net 79.2 94.37 arXiv2019



Very Deep Convolutional Networks for Large-Scale Image Recognition.
Karen Simonyan, Andrew Zisserman


Going Deeper with Convolutions
Christian Szegedy, Wei Liu, Yangqing Jia, Pierre Sermanet, Scott Reed, Dragomir Anguelov, Dumitru Erhan, Vincent Vanhoucke, Andrew Rabinovich


Delving Deep into Rectifiers: Surpassing Human-Level Performance on ImageNet Classification
Kaiming He, Xiangyu Zhang, Shaoqing Ren, Jian Sun


Deep Residual Learning for Image Recognition
Kaiming He, Xiangyu Zhang, Shaoqing Ren, Jian Sun


Identity Mappings in Deep Residual Networks
Kaiming He, Xiangyu Zhang, Shaoqing Ren, Jian Sun


Rethinking the Inception Architecture for Computer Vision
Christian Szegedy, Vincent Vanhoucke, Sergey Ioffe, Jonathon Shlens, Zbigniew Wojna

Inceptionv4 && Inception-ResNetv2

Inception-v4, Inception-ResNet and the Impact of Residual Connections on Learning
Christian Szegedy, Sergey Ioffe, Vincent Vanhoucke, Alex Alemi


Resnet in Resnet: Generalizing Residual Architectures
Sasha Targ, Diogo Almeida, Kevin Lyman

Stochastic Depth ResNet

Deep Networks with Stochastic Depth
Gao Huang, Yu Sun, Zhuang Liu, Daniel Sedra, Kilian Weinberger


Wide Residual Networks
Sergey Zagoruyko, Nikos Komodakis


SqueezeNet: AlexNet-level accuracy with 50x fewer parameters and <0.5MB model size
Forrest N. Iandola, Song Han, Matthew W. Moskewicz, Khalid Ashraf, William J. Dally, Kurt Keutzer


Genetic CNN
Lingxi Xie, Alan Yuille


Designing Neural Network Architectures using Reinforcement Learning
Bowen Baker, Otkrist Gupta, Nikhil Naik, Ramesh Raskar


Deep Pyramidal Residual Networks
Dongyoon Han, Jiwhan Kim, Junmo Kim


Densely Connected Convolutional Networks
Gao Huang, Zhuang Liu, Laurens van der Maaten, Kilian Q. Weinberger


FractalNet: Ultra-Deep Neural Networks without Residuals
Gustav Larsson, Michael Maire, Gregory Shakhnarovich


Aggregated Residual Transformations for Deep Neural Networks
Saining Xie, Ross Girshick, Piotr Dollár, Zhuowen Tu, Kaiming He


Interleaved Group Convolutions for Deep Neural Networks
Ting Zhang, Guo-Jun Qi, Bin Xiao, Jingdong Wang

Residual Attention Network

Residual Attention Network for Image Classification
Fei Wang, Mengqing Jiang, Chen Qian, Shuo Yang, Cheng Li, Honggang Zhang, Xiaogang Wang, Xiaoou Tang


Xception: Deep Learning with Depthwise Separable Convolutions
François Chollet


MobileNets: Efficient Convolutional Neural Networks for Mobile Vision Applications
Andrew G. Howard, Menglong Zhu, Bo Chen, Dmitry Kalenichenko, Weijun Wang, Tobias Weyand, Marco Andreetto, Hartwig Adam


PolyNet: A Pursuit of Structural Diversity in Very Deep Networks
Xingcheng Zhang, Zhizhong Li, Chen Change Loy, Dahua Lin


Dual Path Networks
Yunpeng Chen, Jianan Li, Huaxin Xiao, Xiaojie Jin, Shuicheng Yan, Jiashi Feng


Practical Block-wise Neural Network Architecture Generation
Zhao Zhong, Junjie Yan, Wei Wu, Jing Shao, Cheng-Lin Liu


Sharing Residual Units Through Collective Tensor Factorization in Deep Neural Networks
Chen Yunpeng, Jin Xiaojie, Kang Bingyi, Feng Jiashi, Yan Shuicheng


ShuffleNet: An Extremely Efficient Convolutional Neural Network for Mobile Devices
Xiangyu Zhang, Xinyu Zhou, Mengxiao Lin, Jian Sun


CondenseNet: An Efficient DenseNet using Learned Group Convolutions
Gao Huang, Shichen Liu, Laurens van der Maaten, Kilian Q. Weinberger


Learning Transferable Architectures for Scalable Image Recognition
Barret Zoph, Vijay Vasudevan, Jonathon Shlens, Quoc V. Le


MobileNetV2: Inverted Residuals and Linear Bottlenecks
Mark Sandler, Andrew Howard, Menglong Zhu, Andrey Zhmoginov, Liang-Chieh Chen


IGCV2: Interleaved Structured Sparse Convolutional Neural Networks
Guotian Xie, Jingdong Wang, Ting Zhang, Jianhuang Lai, Richang Hong, Guo-Jun Qi


Hierarchical Representations for Efficient Architecture Search
Hanxiao Liu, Karen Simonyan, Oriol Vinyals, Chrisantha Fernando, Koray Kavukcuoglu


Progressive Neural Architecture Search
Chenxi Liu, Barret Zoph, Maxim Neumann, Jonathon Shlens, Wei Hua, Li-Jia Li, Li Fei-Fei, Alan Yuille, Jonathan Huang, Kevin Murphy


Regularized Evolution for Image Classifier Architecture Search
Esteban Real, Alok Aggarwal, Yanping Huang, Quoc V Le


Squeeze-and-Excitation Networks
Jie Hu, Li Shen, Samuel Albanie, Gang Sun, Enhua Wu


ShuffleNet V2: Practical Guidelines for Efficient CNN Architecture Design
Ningning Ma, Xiangyu Zhang, Hai-Tao Zheng, Jian Sun


IGCV3: Interleaved Low-Rank Group Convolutions for Efficient Deep Neural Networks
Ke Sun, Mingjie Li, Dong Liu, Jingdong Wang


MnasNet: Platform-Aware Neural Architecture Search for Mobile
Mingxing Tan, Bo Chen, Ruoming Pang, Vijay Vasudevan, Quoc V. Le


Selective Kernel Networks
Xiang Li, Wenhai Wang, Xiaolin Hu, Jian Yang


DARTS: Differentiable Architecture Search
Hanxiao Liu, Karen Simonyan, Yiming Yang


ProxylessNAS: Direct Neural Architecture Search on Target Task and Hardware
Han Cai, Ligeng Zhu, Song Han


Searching for MobileNetV3
Andrew Howard, Mark Sandler, Grace Chu, Liang-Chieh Chen, Bo Chen, Mingxing Tan, Weijun Wang, Yukun Zhu, Ruoming Pang, Vijay Vasudevan, Quoc V. Le, Hartwig Adam


Res2Net: A New Multi-scale Backbone Architecture
Shang-Hua Gao, Ming-Ming Cheng, Kai Zhao, Xin-Yu Zhang, Ming-Hsuan Yang, Philip Torr

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