T-RAIN: Robust Generalization Under Weather-Aliasing Label Shift Attacks
In the classical supervised learning settings, classifiers are fit with the assumption of balanced label distributions and produce remarkable results on the same. In the real world, however, these assumptions often bend and in turn adversely impact model performance. Identifying bad learners in skewed target distributions is even more challenging. Thus achieving model robustness under these "label shift" settings is an important task in autonomous perception. In this paper, we analyze the impact of label shift on the task of multi-weather classification for autonomous vehicles. We use this information as a prior to better assess pedestrian detection in adverse weather. We model the classification performance as an indicator of robustness under 4 label shift scenarios and study the behavior of multiple classes of models. We propose t-RAIN a similarity mapping technique for synthetic data augmentation using large scale generative models and evaluate the performance on DAWN dataset. This mapping boosts model test accuracy by 2.1, 4.4, 1.9, 2.7% in no-shift, fog, snow, dust shifts respectively. We present state-of-the-art pedestrian detection results on real and synthetic weather domains with best performing 82.69 AP (snow) and 62.31 AP (fog) respectively.