Training Deep Neural Networks for Detecting Drinking Glasses Using Synthetic Images

  • Abdul JabbarEmail author
  • Luke Farrawell
  • Jake Fountain
  • Stephan K. Chalup
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10635)


This study presents an approach of using synthetically rendered images for training deep neural networks on object detection. A new plug-in for the computer graphics modelling software Blender was developed that can generate large numbers of photo-realistic ray-traced images and include meta information as training labels. The performance of the deep neural network DetectNet is evaluated using training data comprising synthetically rendered images and digital photos of drinking glasses. The detection accuracy is determined by comparing bounding boxes using intersection over union technique. The detection experiments using real-world and synthetic image data resulted in comparable results and the performance increased when using a pre-trained GoogLeNet model. The experiments demonstrated that training deep neural networks for object detection on synthetic data is effective and the proposed approach can be useful for generating large labelled image data sets to enhance the performance of deep neural networks on specific object detection tasks.


Deep learning Data augmentation Big data Image processing Ray tracing Object detection Synthetic data generation 



AJ was supported by a UNRSC50:50 scholarship. JF was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program scholarship. LF was supported by a summer scholarship and sponsorship through 4Tel Pty. In this paper AJ focused on data generation and deep learning, JF and LF focused on development of the Blender plugin for the generation of synthetic data and SKC supervised the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdul Jabbar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luke Farrawell
    • 1
  • Jake Fountain
    • 1
  • Stephan K. Chalup
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Electrical Engineering and ComputingThe University of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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