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Face mask detection using YOLOv3 and faster R-CNN models: COVID-19 environment

Authors
  • Singh, Sunil1
  • Ahuja, Umang1
  • Kumar, Munish2
  • Kumar, Krishan1
  • Sachdeva, Monika3
  • 1 University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Panjab University,
  • 2 Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University,
  • 3 I. K. G. Punjab Technical University,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Multimedia Tools and Applications
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2021
Pages
1–16
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11042-021-10711-8
PMID: 33679209
PMCID: PMC7917166
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
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Abstract

There are many solutions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and one of the most effective solutions is wearing a face mask. Almost everyone is wearing face masks at all times in public places during the coronavirus pandemic. This encourages us to explore face mask detection technology to monitor people wearing masks in public places. Most recent and advanced face mask detection approaches are designed using deep learning. In this article, two state-of-the-art object detection models, namely, YOLOv3 and faster R-CNN are used to achieve this task. The authors have trained both the models on a dataset that consists of images of people of two categories that are with and without face masks. This work proposes a technique that will draw bounding boxes (red or green) around the faces of people, based on whether a person is wearing a mask or not, and keeps the record of the ratio of people wearing face masks on the daily basis. The authors have also compared the performance of both the models i.e., their precision rate and inference time.

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