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Res2Net: A New Multi-scale Backbone Architecture

Abstract

Representing features at multiple scales is of great importance for numerous vision tasks. Recent advances in backbone convolutional neural networks (CNNs) continually demonstrate stronger multi-scale representation ability, leading to consistent performance gains on a wide range of applications. However, most existing methods represent the multi-scale features in a layer-wise manner. In this paper, we propose a novel building block for CNNs, namely Res2Net, by constructing hierarchical residual-like connections within one single residual block. The Res2Net represents multi-scale features at a granular level and increases the range of receptive fields for each network layer. The proposed Res2Net block can be plugged into the state-of-the-art backbone CNN models, e.g., ResNet, ResNeXt, and DLA. We evaluate the Res2Net block on all these models and demonstrate consistent performance gains over baseline models on widely-used datasets, e.g., CIFAR-100 and ImageNet. Further ablation studies and experimental results on representative computer vision tasks, i.e., object detection, class activation mapping, and salient object detection, further verify the superiority of the Res2Net over the state-of-the-art baseline methods.

Citation

@article{gao2019res2net,
  title={Res2Net: A New Multi-scale Backbone Architecture},
  author={Gao, Shang-Hua and Cheng, Ming-Ming and Zhao, Kai and Zhang, Xin-Yu and Yang, Ming-Hsuan and Torr, Philip},
  journal={IEEE TPAMI},
  year={2021},
  doi={10.1109/TPAMI.2019.2938758},
}

Pretrain model

The pre-trained models are converted from official repo.

ImageNet 1k

Model resolution Params(M) Flops(G) Top-1 (%) Top-5 (%) Download
Res2Net-50-14w-8s* 224x224 25.06 4.22 78.14 93.85 model
Res2Net-50-26w-8s* 224x224 48.40 8.39 79.20 94.36 model
Res2Net-101-26w-4s* 224x224 45.21 8.12 79.19 94.44 model

Models with * are converted from other repos.

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