Hello Image Classification

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This basic introduction to OpenVINO™ shows how to do inference with an image classification model.

A pre-trained MobileNetV3 model from Open Model Zoo is used in this tutorial. For more information about how OpenVINO IR models are created, refer to the TensorFlow to OpenVINO tutorial.

Table of contents:

import platform

# Install openvino package
%pip install -q "openvino>=2023.1.0" opencv-python tqdm

if platform.system() != "Windows":
    %pip install -q "matplotlib>=3.4"
    %pip install -q "matplotlib>=3.4,<3.7"
Note: you may need to restart the kernel to use updated packages.
Note: you may need to restart the kernel to use updated packages.


from pathlib import Path

import cv2
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
import openvino as ov

# Fetch `notebook_utils` module
import requests

r = requests.get(

open("notebook_utils.py", "w").write(r.text)

from notebook_utils import download_file

Download the Model and data samples

base_artifacts_dir = Path("./artifacts").expanduser()

model_name = "v3-small_224_1.0_float"
model_xml_name = f"{model_name}.xml"
model_bin_name = f"{model_name}.bin"

model_xml_path = base_artifacts_dir / model_xml_name

base_url = "https://storage.openvinotoolkit.org/repositories/openvino_notebooks/models/mobelinet-v3-tf/FP32/"

if not model_xml_path.exists():
    download_file(base_url + model_xml_name, model_xml_name, base_artifacts_dir)
    download_file(base_url + model_bin_name, model_bin_name, base_artifacts_dir)
    print(f"{model_name} already downloaded to {base_artifacts_dir}")
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Select inference device

select device from dropdown list for running inference using OpenVINO

import ipywidgets as widgets

core = ov.Core()
device = widgets.Dropdown(
    options=core.available_devices + ["AUTO"],

Dropdown(description='Device:', index=1, options=('CPU', 'AUTO'), value='AUTO')

Load the Model

core = ov.Core()
model = core.read_model(model=model_xml_path)
compiled_model = core.compile_model(model=model, device_name=device.value)

output_layer = compiled_model.output(0)

Load an Image

# Download the image from the openvino_notebooks storage
image_filename = download_file(

# The MobileNet model expects images in RGB format.
image = cv2.cvtColor(cv2.imread(filename=str(image_filename)), code=cv2.COLOR_BGR2RGB)

# Resize to MobileNet image shape.
input_image = cv2.resize(src=image, dsize=(224, 224))

# Reshape to model input shape.
input_image = np.expand_dims(input_image, 0)
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Do Inference

result_infer = compiled_model([input_image])[output_layer]
result_index = np.argmax(result_infer)
imagenet_filename = download_file(

imagenet_classes = imagenet_filename.read_text().splitlines()
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# The model description states that for this model, class 0 is a background.
# Therefore, a background must be added at the beginning of imagenet_classes.
imagenet_classes = ["background"] + imagenet_classes

'n02099267 flat-coated retriever'