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Neural Architecture Search for Joint Human Parsing and Pose Estimation
Human parsing and pose estimation are crucial for the understanding of human behaviors. Since these tasks are closely related, employing one unified model to perform two tasks simultaneously allows them to benefit from each other. However, since human parsing is a pixel-wise classification process while pose estimation is usually a regression task, it is non-trivial to extract discriminative features for both tasks while modeling their correlation in the joint learning fashion. Recent studies have shown that Neural Architecture Search (NAS) has the ability to allocate efficient feature connections for specific tasks automatically. With the spirit of NAS, we propose to search for an efficient network architecture (NPPNet) to tackle two tasks at the same time. On the one hand, to extract task-specific features for the two tasks and lay the foundation for the further searching of feature interaction, we propose to search their encoder-decoder architectures, respectively. On the other hand, to ensure two tasks fully communicate with each other, we propose to embed NAS units in both multi-scale feature interaction and high-level feature fusion to establish optimal connections between two tasks. Experimental results on both parsing and pose estimation benchmark datasets have demonstrated that the searched model achieves state-of-the-art performances on both tasks.