BED: A Real-Time Object Detection System for Edge Devices

About this project

This project focuses on end-to-end oBject
detection system for Edge Devices (BED).
BED integrates a deep nerual network (DNN) practiced on MAX78000 with I/O devices, as illustrated in the following figure.
The DNN model for the detection is deployed on MAX78000;
and the I/O devices include a camera and a screen for image acquisition and output exhibition, respectively.

Train a tiny model

Before training the model, it is necessary to clone and install the envoironment of ai8x-training.
Once finishing the installation, copy this repo to the root directory of your local ai8x-training, and use this command to train a model:

conda activate ai8x-training
python train/


Before the synthesis of the pretrained model, it is necessary to clone and install the environment of ai8x-synthesis in a different branch.

Once you finished the installation, it is required to add the following files to the local directory of ai8x-synthesis:

With all the above steps finished, you can use this command to quantize the pretrained model:

conda activate ai8x-synthesis
sh ./scripts/

After the quantization, you can use this command to synthesize the pretrained model:


Deploy the model to MAX78000 using BED GUI

Please follow the tutorial to use BED GUI to deploy the model to the MAX78000.

Deploy the model to MAX78000 for real-time object detection

Please follow the tutorial to use the MAX78000 for real-time object detection.

Evaluation and Demonstration

Offline Evaluation

We focus on the case study for the offline evaluation. The detection results for the randomly selected images from the VOC2007 testing dataset are given as follows:

Real-time demonstration

BED shows the real-time detection results on the screen of the board. Here, we select several results as follows:

For detailed demonstration, please go to see our demo video.


We gratefully acknowledge the technical supports from Maxim Integrated.

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