2019 Graduate Student Showcase

Degree Program

Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD

Major Advisor Name

Elisa Barney Smith

Type of Submission

Scholarly Poster


This presents an offline handwriting recognizer for Bangla script. In spite of being a major script, very little progress has been made in this field for Bangla. Here, we present a handwriting recognition unit with sequential detection of characters/diacritics. A faster R-CNN was used to spot the graphemes from word images and the results were merged to form a transcription. Transfer learning and data augmentation techniques were applied to increase the speed and accuracy of the process. We achieved a WER and CER of 21.5% and 8.9% respectively, which is the first reported transcription result for Bangla script.