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Docker container solution for deploying Faster R-CNN face detection on videos and images.
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Docker solution for face detection using Faster R-CNN

dockerface is a deep learning replacement for dlib and OpenCV non-deep face detection. It deploys a trained Faster R-CNN network on Caffe through an easy to use docker image. Bring your videos and images, run dockerface and obtain videos and images with bounding boxes of face detections and an easy to use face detection annotation text file.

The docker image is large for now because OpenCV has to be compiled and stored in the image to be able to use video and it takes up a lot of space.

Technical details and some experiments are described in the Arxiv Tech Report.

Citing Dockerface

If you find Dockerface useful in your research please consider citing:

   author = {{Ruiz}, N. and {Rehg}, J.~M.},
    title = "{Dockerface: an easy to install and use Faster R-CNN face detector in a Docker container}",
  journal = {ArXiv e-prints},
archivePrefix = "arXiv",
   eprint = {1708.04370},
 primaryClass = "cs.CV",
 keywords = {Computer Science - Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition},
     year = 2017,
    month = aug,
   adsurl = {},
  adsnote = {Provided by the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System}


Install NVIDIA CUDA (8 - preferably) and cuDNN (v5 - preferably)

Install docker

Install nvidia-docker

wget -P /tmp
sudo dpkg -i /tmp/nvidia-docker*.deb && rm /tmp/nvidia-docker*.deb

Go to your working folder and create a directory called data, your videos and images should go here. Also create a folder called output.

mkdir data
mkdir output

Run the docker container

sudo nvidia-docker run -it -v $PWD/data:/opt/py-faster-rcnn/edata -v $PWD/output/video:/opt/py-faster-rcnn/output/video -v $PWD/output/images:/opt/py-faster-rcnn/output/images natanielruiz/dockerface:latest

Now we have to recompile Caffe for it to work on your own machine.

cd caffe-fast-rcnn
rm -rf build
mkdir build
cd build
cmake -DUSE_CUDNN=1 ..
make -j20
cd ../..

Finally use this command to process videos


Use this command to process images


The default confidence threshold is 0.85 which works for high quality videos or images where the faces are clearly visible. You can play around with this value.

Voila, that easy!

After you're done with the docker container you can exit.


You want to restart and re-attach to this same docker container so as to avoid compiling Caffe again. To do this first get the id for that container.

sudo docker ps -a

It should be the last one that was launched. Take note of CONTAINER ID. Then start and attach to that container.

sudo docker start CONTAINER_ID
sudo docker attach CONTAINER_ID

You can now continue processing videos.

Nataniel Ruiz<br>
Georgia Institute of Technology

Original dockerface logo made by Freepik from Flaticon is licensed by Creative Commons BY 3.0, modified by Nataniel Ruiz.

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