Field-Guide-Inspired Zero-Shot Learning

Utkarsh Mall, Bharath Hariharan, Kavita Bala; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2021, pp. 9546-9555


Modern recognition systems require large amounts of supervision to achieve accuracy. Adapting to new domains requires significant data from experts, which is onerous and can become too expensive. Zero-shot learning requires an annotated set of attributes for a novel category. Annotating the full set of attributes for a novel category proves to be a tedious and expensive task in deployment. This is especially the case when the recognition domain is an expert domain. We introduce a new field-guide-inspired approach to zero-shot annotation where the learner model interactively asks for the most useful attributes that define a class. We evaluate our method on classification benchmarks with attribute annotations like CUB, SUN, and AWA2 and show that our model achieves the performance of a model with full annotations at the cost of a significantly fewer number of annotations. Since the time of experts is precious, decreasing annotation cost can be very valuable for real-world deployment.

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@InProceedings{Mall_2021_ICCV, author = {Mall, Utkarsh and Hariharan, Bharath and Bala, Kavita}, title = {Field-Guide-Inspired Zero-Shot Learning}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)}, month = {October}, year = {2021}, pages = {9546-9555} }