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In Procedia computer science

Much work has been done in the computer vision domain for the problem of facial mask detection to curb the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Preventive measures developed using deep learning-based models have got enormous attention. With the state-of-the-art results touching perfect accuracies on various models and datasets, two very practical problems are still not addressed - the deployability of the model in the real world and the crucial cases of incorrectly worn masks. To this end, our method proposes a lightweight deep learning model with just 0.12M parameters having up to 496 times reduction as compared to some of the existing models. Our novel architecture of the deep learning model is designed for practical implications in the real world. We also augment an existing dataset with a large set of incorrectly masked face images leading to a more balanced three-class classification problem. A large collection of 25296 synthetically designed incorrect face mask images are provided. This is the first of its kind of data to be proposed with equal diversity and quantity. The proposed model achieves a competitive accuracy of 95.41% on two class classification and 95.54% on the extended three class classification with minimum number of parameters in comparison. The performance of the proposed system is assessed with various state-of-the-art literature and experimental results indicate that our solution is more realistic and rational than many existing works which use overly massive models unsuitable for practical deployability.

Masud Umar, Siddiqui Momin, Sadiq Mohd, Masood Sarfaraz


CNNs, cosine similarity, covid-19, deep learning, face mask detection, image classification