Bhattacharya, G, Mandal, B and Puhan, NB (2021) Interleaved Deep Artifacts-Aware Attention Mechanism for Concrete Structural Defect Classification. IEEE Trans Image Process, 30. 6957 - 6969. ISSN 1941-0042

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Automatic machine classification of concrete structural defects in images poses significant challenges because of multitude of problems arising from the surface texture, such as presence of stains, holes, colors, poster remains, graffiti, marking and painting, along with uncontrolled weather conditions and illuminations. In this paper, we propose an interleaved deep artifacts-aware attention mechanism (iDAAM) to classify multi-target multi-class and single-class defects from structural defect images. Our novel architecture is composed of interleaved fine-grained dense modules (FGDM) and concurrent dual attention modules (CDAM) to extract local discriminative features from concrete defect images. FGDM helps to aggregate multi-layer robust information with wide range of scales to describe visually-similar overlapping defects. On the other hand, CDAM selects multiple representations of highly localized overlapping defect features and encodes the crucial spatial regions from discriminative channels to address variations in texture, viewing angle, shape and size of overlapping defect classes. Within iDAAM, FGDM and CDAM are interleaved to extract salient discriminative features from multiple scales by constructing an end-to-end trainable network without any preprocessing steps, making the process fully automatic. Experimental results and extensive ablation studies on three publicly available large concrete defect datasets show that our proposed approach outperforms the current state-of-the-art methodologies.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Fine-grained dense module, concurrent dual attention module, concrete structural defect, convolutional neural network, multi-target multi-class classification
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Computing and Mathematics
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2021 13:33
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 13:43

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