What is Object Recognition and Where to Use?

What is Object Recognition and Where to Use?

In this article, we will go through what object recognition technology is, the methods used during object recognition, the differences between the concepts, and how this technology works.
Ahmet Faruk Yıldız
5 minutes

Research in the area of artificial intelligence continues unabated. Visual artificial intelligence, a sub-heading of artificial intelligence, is a remarkable field. Researchers and engineers working in the field of visual artificial intelligence are also working on object recognition technology. So what is object recognition technology? How does object recognition work? In this article, we examined object recognition technology based on these questions.

What is object recognition?

Object recognition is a visual artificial intelligence technology for identifying objects in a photo or video image. This technology is the result of work on deep learning and machine learning algorithms. When people using this technology view a photo or watch a video, they can quickly identify people, objects, and many other things in the image. The goal of work on object recognition technology is often to enable artificial intelligence to learn things of human nature and objects that people use.
Object recognition consists of recognizing, identifying, and positioning objects in images in a photo or video with a certain degree of confidence. There are four main tasks during object recognition. These are classification, tagging, detection, and segmentation.

: It is possible to solve object classification with Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN). There are many image classification algorithms based on Convolutional Neural Networks. Most of these algorithms have a backbone that uses CNN infrastructure. Examples of these are Resnet, LeNet-5, AlexNet, etc. Object classification uses a Feature Classifier model type during the training of a model.
During object classification, the algorithm remembers that there is only one object, ignoring all other classes.
Tagging: Object tagging can recognize multiple objects for a given image. Unlike object classification, this process tries to return all the best classes corresponding to the image during tagging.
Detection: Object detection is an image processing technology that helps to detect instances of objects of a certain class in digital images and videos.
Segmentation: Object segmentation is the process of dividing an object into smaller fixed-size objects to improve storage and resource utilization for large objects.

Object recognition technology is used in many fields, such as security, human resources of companies, public relations and advertising, banking services, healthcare, and robotic vision systems. One of the areas where this technology is used is autonomous vehicle technology. The object recognition technology used in autonomous vehicles enables the identification of traffic signs, the difference between a pedestrian and a stationary object, and, in short, the identification of objects on the road.

Object Recognition vs Object Detection

Before comparing object recognition with object detection, let's give a brief overview of object detection algorithms. Object detection algorithms work as a combination of image categorization and object localization during object recognition. Object detection algorithms take an image as input and generate one or many more bounding boxes with the class label that is associated with each bounding box.

Now that we have briefly touched on object detection, we can move on to our main topic. What is the difference between object recognition and object detection? The answer to this question lies in the names of object recognition and object detection. The task of object detection is to detect and locate an object in an image. After the object in the image has been detected, it is the task of object recognition to find out what that object is.
The object detection algorithm is an algorithm that detects which objects are present in an image. It takes the whole image as input and extracts the class labels and class probabilities of the objects in that image. For example, one of the class labels may be "horse," and the associated class probability may vary accordingly. On the other hand, the object recognition algorithm not only tells you which objects are in the image but also gives you bounding boxes to determine the position of the objects in the image.

Difficulties during object detection:

During object detection, the bounding boxes are rectangular. Therefore, if there is a curved part of the object, there may be problems in determining the shape of the object.

Object detection cannot accurately estimate some measurements, such as the area and perimeter of an object.

Object Recognition vs. Object Tagging

Object recognition and object tagging work in different ways. While both have similar characteristics, object recognition is used to find or locate objects in a photo or video. While object recognition algorithms mark a found object in the form of a rectangle, object labeling algorithms distinguish, name, and label the found object. In order to perform the labeling process, the machine must already recognize the objects in the image. In order for machines to learn this, they need to be fed with very high-quality data. In this context, object labeling is a more complex function than object recognition.

Object Recognition Applications in 2022

Object recognition, artificial intelligence object tracking, and imaging technologies have made great progress in recent years. There are many different computer vision applications for object recognition and detection. With the increasing use of object recognition technology in daily life, many new applications have emerged.
In 2022, single-stage object detection applications that continue to be used are as follows:

In 2022, the two-stage object detection applications that continue to be used are as follows:
-RCNN and SPPNet
-Fast R-CNN and Faster R-CNN
-Mask R-CNN
-Pyramid Networks - FPN

How does object recognition work?

Humans recognize images using a neural network that helps them identify objects in images that they have previously learned. In a similar way, neural network algorithms work to help machines to recognize images. Image recognition is about deep learning, neural networks, and the image recognition algorithms that machines use to make it possible. So it is confusing for most users. The task of recognizing an object is now quite simple, thanks to modern algorithms.
There are several approaches to object recognition, the most popular of which are machine learning and deep learning techniques. Both of these techniques learn to identify objects in an image. The difference between them is the method of implementation.

Object recognition in machine learning vs. object recognition in deep learning

Object recognition using machine learning is one of the popular methods. The most common examples of machine learning methods are as follows:

-HOG feature extraction with SVM machine learning model
-Similar to SURF and MSER, Bag-of-words models
-Viola-Jones algorithm can be used to recognize many objects, including faces and upper bodies

To perform object recognition using a machine learning algorithm, we start with a collection of images from a photo or a video. Relevant features from each image are selected. Machine learning algorithms that offer many different combinations can be used to generate an accurate object recognition model.
Employing machine learning for object recognition offers the flexibility to select the best combination of attributes and classifiers for learning. With minimal data, it can achieve accurate results.
Deep learning is one of the most popular methods for object recognition. Deep learning methods, such as Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN), use deep learning methods to automatically learn the natural features of an object in order to identify it. There are two approaches to performing object recognition with deep learning techniques. One of these approaches is to train a model from scratch, while the other approach is to use a pre-trained deep learning model.  

-Training a model from scratch: To train a deep network from scratch, it is necessary to collect an extremely large set of labeled data and design a modeling network architecture to learn its properties.    

-Using a pre-trained deep learning model: Many deep learning applications use a transfer learning approach, a process that involves fine-tuning a previously trained model. You can start with existing networks, such as AlexNet or GoogleNet, and feed new data containing previously unknown classes. This method is less time-consuming than the first method. Since the model has already been trained with millions of images, results can be obtained faster.

Determining the best approach for object recognition between these two approaches depends on your application and the problem you want to solve. If you know which features of the image are best for distinguishing object classes, machine learning will be the most useful of the two techniques.
The main thing to remember when choosing between machine learning and deep learning is whether you have a powerful GPU and a large number of labeled training images. If at least one of these two questions remains unanswered, you should choose machine learning.


To summarize, object recognition technology has been a hot topic in recent years. There are some concepts related to this topic that may cause confusion. These concepts are object recognition, object detection, and object labeling. Object recognition is an algorithm that determines which objects are present in an image. Object detection is the process of finding instances of objects in images. Object labeling is the process of distinguishing and naming objects.
There are different approaches to object recognition. These approaches are deep learning and machine learning methods. Among these two methods, machine learning is the best option to meet the needs of users.
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