TOWARDS DISTILLATION OF DEEP NEURAL NETWORKS FOR SATELLITE ON-BOARD IMAGE SEGMENTATION
Cubesats platforms expansion increases the need to simplify payloads and to optimize downlink data capabilities. A promising solution is to enhance on-board software, in order to take early decisions, automatically. However, the most efficient methods for data analysis are generally large deep neural networks (DNN) oversized to be loaded and processed on limited hardware capacities of cubesats. To use them, we must reduce the size of DNN while accommodating efficiency in terms of both accuracy and inference cost. In this paper, we propose a distillation method which reduces image segmentation deep neural network’s size to fit into on board processors. This method is presented through a ship detection example comparing accuracy and inference costs for several networks.