Methods to Improve the Robustness of Right Whale Detection using CNNs in Changing Conditions

Will Vickers, Ben Milner, Artjoms Gorpincenko, R. Lee

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This paper is concerned with developing a method of detecting right whales from autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) that is robust to changing operating conditions. A baseline convolutional neural network (CNN) is first trained using data taken from a single operating condition. Its detection accuracy is then found to degrade when applied to different operating conditions. Two methods are then investigated to restore performance using just a single model. The first method is an augmented training approach where progressively more data from the new condition is mixed with the original data. The second method uses unsupervised adaptation to adapt the original model to the new conditions. Evaluation under changing environmental and noise conditions reveals the model produced from augmented training data to achieve higher detection accuracy across all conditions than the adapted model. However, the adapted model does not require label data from the new environment and in these situations is a more realistic solution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEUSIPCO 2020
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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