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Joseph Nelson

Joseph Nelson

Building Roboflow so you can build better computer vision models. joseph.nelson@roboflow.ai

Elisha Odemakinde Hosts Roboflow for a Fireside Chat

Recently, Roboflow machine learning engineer Jacob Solawetz sat down with Elisha Odemakinde, an ML researcher and Community Manager at Data Science Nigeria, for a Fireside chat. During the conversation, Jacob

Explore Images, Annotations, and Metadata Easier

Keeping track of images and their corresponding annotations is a challenge. Knowing which annotations map to which class, viewing image metadata, and seeing which images correspond to a training, validation,

How COCO Parks Accelerated Their Development with Roboflow

COCO Parks, a Paris based startup working on improving traffic flows across French cities, launched their service months faster with Roboflow. "Before Google Maps, you could find routes to your

Roboflow Joins Y Combinator's Summer 20 Batch

Roboflow is enabling any developer to use computer vision (without being a machine learning expert). Computer vision is the first technology that fundamentally allows us to rewrite human-computer interaction. Until

Using Computer Vision to Count Fish Populations (and Monitor Environmental Health)

The below is a guest post from Jamie Shaffer, a data scientist based in Washington state. She is open to new opportunities, particularly leveraging deep learning to environmental issues. Living

Using Computer Vision to Find Brands in YouTube Videos

Over 500 hours of video are being uploaded to YouTube every minute (source). Making sense of that sea of video content creates valuable opportunities. For brands, knowing when and where

Reducing Traffic with Computer Vision

How Transport for Cairo is Improving Commuting for Millions with Computer Vision Reducing traffic in well-planned cities where bus routes are well-mapped, subways are running on a predictable cadence, and

PP-YOLO Surpasses YOLOv4 - State of the Art Object Detection Techniques

Baidu publishes PP-YOLO and pushes the state of the art in object detection research by building on top of YOLOv3, the PaddlePaddle deep learning framework, and cutting edge computer vision research.

Improving Infrastructure Asset Management with Computer Vision

The below post is a lightly edited guest post from Result! Data, a Netherlands-based consultancy providing leading digital services. The Roboflow team thanks Gerard Mol (Managing Partner) and Brand Hop

Retail Store Item Detection using YOLOv5

This is a lightly edited guest post by Roboflow user Shayan Ali Bhatti, who used Roboflow to train an object detection model to identify items in grocery stores. Reposted with

How a AI Acts as a Human Rights Watchdog for the Maasai People

The Maasai are an indigenous ethnic group in modern Kenya and northern Tanzania, tracing routes to the Great Rift Valley in East Africa as early as the 15th century. Roughly

Improving Uno with Computer Vision (Plus the Dataset so You Can Too)

Uno card identification and scoring in real-time. (Credit: Adam Crawshaw)You've likely been playing Uno wrong all of your life. It's a simple game, right? Rid your hand of all

Creating BoardBoss: A Mobile Application that Improves Boggle

How Making an iOS Application Inspired RoboflowBefore the Roboflow team was making tools for improving how developers apply computer vision to their problems, we were making our own computer vision

How to Convert Annotations from PASCAL VOC to YOLO Darknet

A bedrock of computer vision is having labeled data. In object detection problems, those labels define bounding box positions in a given image. As computer vision rapidly evolves, so, too,

Responding to the Controversy about YOLOv5

We appreciate the machine learning community's feedback, and we're publishing additional details on our methodology.(Note: On June 14, we've incorporated updates from YOLOv4 author Alexey Bochkovskiy, YOLOv5 author Glenn

YOLOv5 is Here: State-of-the-Art Object Detection at 140 FPS

Less than 50 days after the release YOLOv4, YOLOv5 improves accessibility for realtime object detection.June 29, YOLOv5 has released the first official version of the repository. We wrote a

How to Train YOLOv5 On a Custom Dataset

The YOLO family of object detection models grows ever stronger with the introduction of YOLOv5 by Ultralytics. In this post, we will walk through how you can train YOLOv5 to

Introducing New Roboflow Pricing

It's now even easier to scale up projects with Roboflow. We launched Roboflow in January with the mission of democratizing computer vision. Our thesis is simple: you shouldn't need to

Teaching a Drone to Fly on Auto Pilot with Roboflow

An animated drone flying through a correctly identified gate. (Image provided via Victor Antony, animated by Roboflow)Drones are enabling better disaster response, greener agriculture, safer construction, and so much

A New Video Tutorial: YOLOv4 in PyTorch

We heard your feedback! More video walkthroughs. Many users report that video tutorials help round out the edges of their knowledge to get the most from Roboflow. Seeing how others

Introducing An Even Better Way to Preview Image Preprocessing and Augmentation

Knowing what preprocessing and augmentation steps to apply is hard. We've written many individual posts about the steps required to make informed resize decisions (how to resize images in image

How to Train a VGG-16 Image Classification Model on Your Own Dataset

Impatient? Jump to our VGG-16 Colab notebook. Image classification models discern what a given image contains based on the entirety of an image's content. And while they're consistently getting better,

Introducing a Thermal Infrared Dataset for Object Detection

Computer vision is performed on a wide array of imaging data: photographs, screenshots, videos. Commonly, this data is captured in similar perception to how humans see – along the visible red,

How to Train YOLOv4 on a Custom Dataset

In this tutorial, we walkthrough how to train YOLOv4 Darknet for state-of-the-art object detection on your own dataset, with varying number of classes. Train YOLOv4 on a custom dataset with

When to Use Contrast as a Preprocessing Step

Adding contrast to images is a simple yet powerful technique to improve our computer vision models. But why? When considering how to add contrast to images and why we add

Getting the Most Out of Roboflow Office Hours

Welcome To Our Office. Come with Questions, Please. The Roboflow team has been inspired and impressed with what our users are building on top of Roboflow. From making models that

Breaking Down Roboflow's Health Check Dimension Insights

Roboflow improves datasets without any user effort. This includes dropping zero-pixel bounding boxes and cropping out-of-frame bounding boxes to be in-line with the edge of an image. Roboflow also notifies

The Difference Between Missing and Null Annotations

A discussion of missing versus null annotations and how VOC XML and COCO JSON handle them. Preparing data for computer vision models is a tedious task. Even assuming training images

Roboflow for Students and Universities

We've seen tremendous interest in Roboflow from the research community. Faculty and students from institutions ranging from California to Malta to Taiwan have been using Roboflow to accelerate their computer

Roboflow Presents at Open Data Science Conference (ODSC) East 2020

The Open Data Science Conference (East) looked a bit different this year. While typically 6,000+ data science professionals gather in Boston for the Expo, the team at ODSC moved

Training EfficientDet Object Detection Model with a Custom Dataset

A tutorial to train and use EfficientDet on a custom object detection task with varying number of classes YOLOv5 is Out! If you're here for EfficientDet in particular, stay for

Introducing an Improved Hard Hat Dataset for Computer Vision in Workplace Safety

In a given year, approximately 65,000 workers wearing hard hats incur head injuries in the workplace, of which over one thousand ultimately die. Workplace safety regulations exist to protect

Our First Video Tutorial: YOLOv3 in PyTorch on a Custom Dataset

We're introducing a new experiment this week: Roboflow is launching a Roboflow YouTube channel.We've been encouraged by the popularity of our computer vision tutorials. When Googling for some architectures,

How to Create to a TFRecord File for Computer Vision and Object Detection

TensorFlow expedites the machine learning process markedly. From abstracting complex linear algebra to including pre-trained models and weights, getting the most out of TensorFlow is a full-time job. However, when

Using Computer Vision to Fight Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As global coronavirus case numbers continue to climb, troubling stories of hospital shortages, deaths, and disrupted communities fill the news. Frankly, it can leave one feeling disempowered – especially when the

Releasing a New YOLOv3 Implementation in PyTorch

At Roboflow, we're constantly adapting our product to make it as easy as possible for users to create custom computer vision models on high quality data. While we have an

Introducing Image Preprocessing and Augmentation Previews

Knowing how an image preprocessing step or augmentation is going to appear before you write the code for it is essential. Is it worth it to figure out the right

How Flip Augmentation Improves Model Performance

Flipping an image (and its annotations) is a deceivingly simple technique that can improve model performance in substantial ways. Our models are learning what collection of pixels and the relationship

Introducing Bounding Box Level Augmentations

Having training data that matches the diversity of your task is paramount to the success of your models. At Roboflow, we’re committed to providing you with state-of-the-art techniques that

Getting Started with LabelImg for Labeling Object Detection Data

Accurately labeled data is essential to successful machine learning, and computer vision is no exception. In this walkthrough, we’ll demonstrate how you can use LabelImg to get started with

The Importance of Blur as an Image Augmentation Technique

When we train computer vision models, we often take ideal photos of our subjects. We line up our subject just right and curate datasets of best case lighting. But our

Training a TensorFlow Faster R-CNN Object Detection Model on Your Own Dataset

Following this tutorial, you only need to change a couple lines of code to train an object detection model to your own dataset. Computer vision is revolutionizing medical imaging. Algorithms

Why to Add Noise to Images for Machine Learning

We seek to build computer vision models that generalize to as many real world situations as we can, even when we cannot anticipate them. It's a bit of a catch-22:

How to Select the Right Computer Vision Model Architecture

The success of your machine learning model starts well before you ever begin training. Ensuring you have representative images, high quality labels, appropriate preprocessing steps, and augmentations to guard against

Introducing an Improved PlantDoc Dataset for Plant Disease Object Detection

The world population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. That’s a lot of mouths to feed. Technology is powering the next generation of yield increases. Computer

Why and How to Implement Random Crop Data Augmentation

We can’t capture a photo of what every object looks like in the real world. (Trying to find an image to prove the prior sentence is a fun paradox!

Releasing an Improved Blood Count and Cell Detection (BCCD) Dataset

Computer vision is revolutionizing medical diagnoses by assisting doctors with patterns they may not have seen or identifying an error they may have overlooked. Thus, it's unsurprising one of the

Eliminating Boilerplate Code with Roboflow to Monitor Security Camera Footage

By using Roboflow, data scientist Alaa Senjab reduced his time to train a custom object detection model detecting guns in security camera footage while increasing machine learning model accuracy. Alaa's

Training a TensorFlow MobileNet Object Detection Model with a Custom Dataset

Change two lines of code and have a custom trained object detection model leveraging the TensorFlow 1.5 API.

When to Use Grayscale as a Preprocessing Step

Grayscale allows our models to be more computationally efficient. So when **shouldn't** we grayscale our images?

You Might Be Resizing Your Images Incorrectly

Resizing images is a critical preprocessing step in computer vision. Principally, our machine learning models train faster on smaller images. An input image that is twice as large requires our

How to Convert Annotations from PASCAL VOC XML to COCO JSON

Convert from VOC XML to COCO JSON (or any format!) in four clicks.

Introducing Public Datasets

One of the most painstaking components of getting started with computer vision is getting access to clean, labeled data. For example, when the Roboflow team built BoardBoss, we painstakingly collected

Why Image Preprocessing and Augmentation Matters

Understanding image preprocessing and augmentation options is essential to making the most of your training data.

Getting Started with Roboflow

Roboflow eliminates boilerplate code when building object detection models. Get started with an example.

Training a YOLOv3 Object Detection Model with a Custom Dataset

A walkthrough of building chess piece object detection model, easily adapted to your own dataset.