Book Chapter

Detection of a facemask in real-time using deep learning methods: Prevention of Covid 19



Kashyap G, Sohlot J, Siddiqui A, Siddiqui R, Malik K, Wazir S & Brownlee A (2023) Detection of a facemask in real-time using deep learning methods: Prevention of Covid 19. In: Research Advances in Network Technologies (Volume 2). CRC Press / Taylor and Francis.

A health crisis is raging all over the world with the rapid transmission of the novel-coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Out of the guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to protect us against Covid-19, wearing a facemask is the most effective. Many countries have necessitated the wearing of face masks, but monitoring a large number of people to ensure that they are wearing masks in a crowded place is a challenging task in itself. The novel-coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has already affected our day-to-day life as well as world trade movements. By the end of April 2021, the world has recorded 144,358,956 confirmed cases of novel-coronavirus disease (Covid-19) including 3,066,113 deaths according to the world health organization (WHO). These increasing numbers motivate automated techniques for the detection of a facemask in real-time scenarios for the prevention of Covid-19. We propose a technique using deep learning that works for single and multiple people in a frame recorded via webcam in still or in motion. We have also experimented with our approach in night light. The accuracy of our model is good compared to the other approaches in the literature; ranging from 74% for multiple people in a nightlight to 99% for a single person in daylight.

Output Status: Forthcoming

PublisherCRC Press / Taylor and Francis

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Dr Sandy Brownlee

Dr Sandy Brownlee

Senior Lecturer in Computing Science, Computing Science and Mathematics - Division


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