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Generate Code for Detecting Objects in Images by Using ACF Object Detector

This example shows how to generate code from a MATLAB® function that detects objects in images by using an acfObjectDetector object. When you intend to generate code from your MATLAB function that uses an acfObjectDetector object, you must create the object outside of the MATLAB function. The example explains how to modify the MATLAB code in Train Stop Sign Detector Using ACF Object Detector to support code generation.

Design the MATLAB Code File for Code Generation

To generate C Code, MATLAB Coder™ requires MATLAB code to be in the form of a function. The arguments of the function cannot be MATLAB objects. This requirement presents a problem for generating code from the MATLAB function that uses acfObjectDetector objects created outside of the MATLAB function. To solve this problem, use the toStruct function to convert the acfObjectDetector object into a structure and pass the structure to the MATLAB function.

To support code generation, this example restructures the code of an existing example (See Train Stop Sign Detector Using ACF Object Detector) in a function called detectObjectsUsingACF, which is present in the current working folder as a supporting file. The detectObjectsUsingACF function takes an image as an input and loads the pretrained ACF stop sign detector.

function [bboxes,scores] = detectObjectsUsingACF(InputImage)
% Load a trained detector from a MAT file
S = coder.load('detectorStruct.mat');
% Define a persistent variable
persistent detector
if isempty(detector)
% Re-create the ACF Object Detector
detector = acfObjectDetector(S.detectorStruct.Classifier,S.detectorStruct.TrainingOptions);
% Use the detect function to detect objects in the input image 
[bboxes,scores] = detect(detector,InputImage);

Create ACF Stop Sign Detector Outside of the MATLAB Function

Load the training data.


Select the ground truth for stop signs. The ground truth data is the set of known locations of stop signs in the images.

stopSigns = stopSignsAndCars(:,1:2);

Add the full path to the image files.

stopSigns.imageFilename = fullfile(toolboxdir("vision"),...

Use the trainACFObjectDetector function to train the ACF detector. Turn off the training progress output by setting Verbose=false.

detector = trainACFObjectDetector(stopSigns,NegativeSamplesFactor=2,Verbose=false);       

Generate C-MEX Function

Because you intend to generate code for the MATLAB function detectObjectsUsingACF, convert the created detector into a structure.

detectorStruct = toStruct(detector);

Save the trained object structure as a MAT file.


Generate C-MEX code that you can run in the MATLAB environment. Use the codegen (MATLAB Coder) command.

codegen detectObjectsUsingACF -report -args { coder.typeof(uint8(0), [inf inf 3])}
Code generation successful: View report

Detect Objects Using Generated C-MEX Function

To detect objects in an image, load a test image.

img = imread("stopSignTest.jpg");

Call the generated C-MEX function by passing the loaded image img as an input.

[bboxes,scores] = detectObjectsUsingACF_mex(img);

Display the detection results and insert the bounding boxes for objects into the image.

img = insertObjectAnnotation(img,"rectangle",bboxes,scores);

Clean Up

Release the system memory used to store the generated C-MEX file.

clear ObjectDetectionFromImages_mex;

See Also

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