Object Detection Using Deep Neural Networks – AI from HPC to the Edge

Object Detection Using Deep Neural Networks – AI from HPC to the Edge

Project reference: 2009

Deep neural networks (DNNs) are evaluated and used in many areas today, to replace or complement traditional technologies. In this project the student will develop a DNN to detect and localize selected objects in images. As object detection can be used in a wide range of applications, the student decides on the kind of objects to detect and its context at the beginning of the project. The student is free in proposing any application that uses object detection as long as it requires training a DNN with HPC technologies and tuning it for the edge.

The work comprises the selection of the right network topology, the training and validation strategy, as well as collecting and pre-processing training and validation data. The project does not stop with the training of the model in the data centre but considers the complete lifecycle, including deployment and optimization. An application must demonstrate the correct object detection of the trained DNN on an edge device with limited compute resources (e.g. Intel’s Movidius Neural Compute Stick).

Training of the DNN will take place on NVIDIA V100 GPUs (e.g. NVIDIA DGX-2 system) with Tensorflow as deep learning framework. Depending on the selected edge device, deployment and optimization of the DNN will be done with either NVIDIA TensorRT or Intel’s OpenVino toolkits. As a stretch goal, for better portability, the final DNN should be using the ONNX model interchange format.

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Project Mentor: Georg Zitzlsberger, M.Sc.

Project Co-mentor: Martin Golasowski

Site Co-ordinator: Zuzana Červenková

Participants: Andres Vicente Arevalo

Learning Outcomes:
The student will be guided through the principles of DNNs, the state of the art networks and Google’s TensorFlow. With the project, the student also gets accustomed to the latest NVIDIA technologies around V100 that will be used for training, and different deployment and optimization toolkits.

Student Prerequisites (compulsory):

Knowledge in Python is needed to create the DNN.
Knowledge of Linux as the development environment.

The project includes training for the student on mandatory DNN basics (training material from NVIDIA and Intel is used).

Student Prerequisites (desirable):
Tensorflow, Nvidia TensorRT, Intel OpenVino

Training Materials:
Introduction to:


  • 1st  week: training week.
  • 2nd week: internal student training on DNN technologies and networks incl. first exercises on TensorFlow
  • 3rd week: Selection of network, training strategy and identification of training data
  • 4th week: Training and validation of DNN on NVIDIA V100 (finding right hyper-parameters)
  • 5th week: Deployment to edge device
  • 6th week: Demoing final application of DNN on edge device (e.g. via video stream)
  • 7th week: Optimization for edge device (e.g. TensorRT/OpenVino) to improve the DNN performance for the edge device
  • 8th week: Discussing full processing pipeline (HPC to edge) with quality analysis

Final Product Description:
An environment (processing pipeline) will be created to train a DNN for detecting and localizing a specific object on the HPC side, and to optimize and deploy it to an edge device for use. 

Adapting the Project: Increasing the Difficulty:
Retrain the DNN to detect more different types of objects.

Adapting the Project: Decreasing the Difficulty:
The exact type and number of objects to detect will be selected by the student depending on his/her skills. Also the deployment to the edge is variable in terms of which device to use. Using ONNX is a stretch-goal that might be sacrificed to favour faster solutions vs. using standards.


Introduction to:

IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava

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