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The birds application is a bird recognition and classification program. It uses both the NCS along with TinyYolo and GoogLeNet to take an image and first get bounding boxes for birds in the image and then uses GoogLeNet to further classify the birds found. It depends on the caffe/TinyYolo and caffe/GoogLeNet appzoo examples. The provided Makefile does the following:

  1. Builds both TinyYolo and GoogLeNet from their repective directories within the repo.
  2. Copies the built NCS graph files from TinyYolo and GoogLeNet to the current directory.
  3. Downloads some images for the program to use
  4. Runs the provided program that creates a GUI window which cycles through all the .jpg images in the current directory and shows the birds and all their classifications using the networks using the Inference Engine API

How to run the sample

To run the sample, change directory to the birds application folder and use the command: make run

How it Works

One NCS device is needed to run this application. For each image in the directory the program first runs a tiny yolo inference to find all birds in the image. Then for each bird in the image the program crops out the bounding rectangle and passes that smaller image to googlenet for a more detailed classification (ie bald eagle, etc.) The program will then display the original image along with boxes around each detected bird and its detailed classification if one was provided.

There are a few thresholds in the code you may want to tweek if you aren’t getting results that you expect when you use your own images.

  • DETECTION_THRESHOLD: This is the minimum probability for boxes to consider as returned from tiny yolo. This should be between 0.0 and 1.0. This variable is found in the script.
  • MAX_IOU: Dertermines which boxes from Tiny Yolo are actually around the same object based on the intersection-over-union metric. The closer this is to 1.0 the more similar the boxes need to be to be the same. This variable is found in the script.
  • GOOGLE_PROB_MIN: This is the minimum probability from googlenet that will be used to override the general tiny yolo classification with a more specific googlenet classification. It should be between 0.0 and 1.0. This variable is found in the script.


Provided Makefile has various targets that help with the above mentioned tasks.

make run

Runs the sample application.

make help

Shows available targets.

make all

Builds and/or gathers all the required files needed to run the application.

make data

Gathers all of the required data need to run the sample.

make deps

Builds all of the dependencies needed to run the sample.

make default_model

Compiles an IR file from a default model to be used when running the sample.

make install-reqs

Checks required packages that aren’t installed as part of the OpenVINO installation.

make uninstall-reqs

Uninstalls requirements that were installed by the sample program.

make clean

Removes all the temporary files that are created by the Makefile.

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