Multiscale Vision Transformers

Haoqi Fan, Bo Xiong, Karttikeya Mangalam, Yanghao Li, Zhicheng Yan, Jitendra Malik, Christoph Feichtenhofer; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2021, pp. 6824-6835


We present Multiscale Vision Transformers (MViT) for video and image recognition, by connecting the seminal idea of multiscale feature hierarchies with transformer models. Multiscale Transformers have several channel-resolution scale stages. Starting from the input resolution and a small channel dimension, the stages hierarchically expand the channel capacity while reducing the spatial resolution. This creates a multiscale pyramid of features with early layers operating at high spatial resolution to model simple low-level visual information, and deeper layers at spatially coarse, but complex, high-dimensional features. We evaluate this fundamental architectural prior for modeling the dense nature of visual signals for a variety of video recognition tasks where it outperforms concurrent vision transformers that rely on large scale external pre-training and are 5-10 more costly in computation and parameters. We further remove the temporal dimension and apply our model for image classification where it outperforms prior work on vision transformers. Code is available at:

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@InProceedings{Fan_2021_ICCV, author = {Fan, Haoqi and Xiong, Bo and Mangalam, Karttikeya and Li, Yanghao and Yan, Zhicheng and Malik, Jitendra and Feichtenhofer, Christoph}, title = {Multiscale Vision Transformers}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)}, month = {October}, year = {2021}, pages = {6824-6835} }