Meta Distribution Alignment for Generalizable Person Re-Identification

Hao Ni, Jingkuan Song, Xiaopeng Luo, Feng Zheng, Wen Li, Heng Tao Shen; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2022, pp. 2487-2496


Domain Generalizable (DG) person ReID is a challenging task which trains a model on source domains yet generalizes well on target domains. Existing methods use source domains to learn domain-invariant features, and assume those features are also irrelevant with target domains. However, they do not consider the target domain information which is unavailable in the training phrase of DG. To address this issue, we propose a novel Meta Distribution Alignment (MDA) method to enable them to share similar distribution in a test-time-training fashion. Specifically, since high-dimensional features are difficult to constrain with a known simple distribution, we first introduce an intermediate latent space constrained to a known prior distribution. The source domain data is mapped to this latent space and then reconstructed back. A meta-learning strategy is introduced to facilitate generalization and support fast adaption. To reduce their discrepancy, we further propose a test-time adaptive updating strategy based on the latent space which efficiently adapts model to unseen domains with a few samples. Extensive experimental results show that our model outperforms the state-of-the-art methods by up to 5.1% R-1 on average on the large-scale and 4.7% R-1 on the single-source domain generalization ReID benchmark.

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@InProceedings{Ni_2022_CVPR, author = {Ni, Hao and Song, Jingkuan and Luo, Xiaopeng and Zheng, Feng and Li, Wen and Shen, Heng Tao}, title = {Meta Distribution Alignment for Generalizable Person Re-Identification}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)}, month = {June}, year = {2022}, pages = {2487-2496} }