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Deep Automatic Licence Plate Recognition system

Jain, Vishal and Sasindran, Zitha and Rajagopal, Anoop and Biswas, Soma and Bharadwaj, Harish S and Ramakrishnan, K R (2016) Deep Automatic Licence Plate Recognition system. In: 10th Indian Conference on Computer Vision, Graphics and Image Processing (ICVGIP), DEC 18-22, 2016, Indian Inst Technol, Guwahati, INDIA.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3009977.3010052


Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR.) has important applications in traffic surveillance. It is a challenging problem especially in countries like in India where the license plates have varying sizes, number of lines, fonts etc. The difficulty is all the more accentuated in traffic videos as the cameras are placed high and most plates appear skewed. This work aims to address ALPR. using Deep CNN methods for real-time traffic videos. We first extract license plate candidates from each frame using edge information and geometrical properties, ensuring high recall. These proposals are fed to a CNN classifier for License Plate detection obtaining high precision. We then use a CNN classifier trained for individual characters along with a spatial transformer network (STN) for character recognition. Our system is evaluated on several traffic videos with vehicles having different license plate formats in terms of tilt, distances, colors, illumination, character size, thickness etc. Results demonstrate robustness to such variations and impressive performance in both the localization and recognition. We also make available the dataset for further research on this topic.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY, 1515 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10036-9998 USA
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2017 07:37
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2017 07:37
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/57427

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