Learning to Reduce Dual-Level Discrepancy for Infrared-Visible Person Re-Identification

Zhixiang Wang, Zheng Wang, Yinqiang Zheng, Yung-Yu Chuang, Shin'ichi Satoh; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2019, pp. 618-626


Infrared-Visible person RE-IDentification (IV-REID) is a rising task. Compared to conventional person re-identification (re-ID), IV-REID concerns the additional modality discrepancy originated from the different imaging processes of spectrum cameras, in addition to the person's appearance discrepancy caused by viewpoint changes, pose variations and deformations presented in the conventional re-ID task. The co-existed discrepancies make IV-REID more difficult to solve. Previous methods attempt to reduce the appearance and modality discrepancies simultaneously using feature-level constraints. It is however difficult to eliminate the mixed discrepancies using only feature-level constraints. To address the problem, this paper introduces a novel Dual-level Discrepancy Reduction Learning (D^2RL) scheme which handles the two discrepancies separately. For reducing the modality discrepancy, an image-level sub-network is trained to translate an infrared image into its visible counterpart and a visible image to its infrared version. With the image-level sub-network, we can unify the representations for images with different modalities. With the help of the unified multi-spectral images, a feature-level sub-network is trained to reduce the remaining appearance discrepancy through feature embedding. By cascading the two sub-networks and training them jointly, the dual-level reductions take their responsibilities cooperatively and attentively. Extensive experiments demonstrate the proposed approach outperforms the state-of-the-art methods.

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author = {Wang, Zhixiang and Wang, Zheng and Zheng, Yinqiang and Chuang, Yung-Yu and Satoh, Shin'ichi},
title = {Learning to Reduce Dual-Level Discrepancy for Infrared-Visible Person Re-Identification},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2019}