Self-Supervised Knowledge Transfer via Loosely Supervised Auxiliary Tasks

Seungbum Hong, Jihun Yoon, Min-Kook Choi, Junmo Kim; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2022, pp. 3318-3327


Knowledge transfer using convolutional neural networks (CNNs) can help efficiently train a CNN with fewer parameters or maximize the generalization performance under limited supervision. To enable a more efficient transfer of pretrained knowledge under relaxed conditions, we propose a simple yet powerful knowledge transfer methodology without any restrictions regarding the network structure or dataset used, namely self-supervised knowledge transfer (SSKT), via loosely supervised auxiliary tasks. For this, we devise a training methodology that transfers previously learned knowledge to the current training process as an auxiliary task for the target task through self-supervision using a soft label. The SSKT is independent of the network structure and dataset, and is trained differently from existing knowledge transfer methods; hence, it has an advantage in that the prior knowledge acquired from various tasks can be naturally transferred during the training process to the target task. Furthermore, it can improve the generalization performance on most datasets through the proposed knowledge transfer between different problem domains from multiple source networks. SSKT outperforms the other transfer learning methods (KD, DML, MAXL) through experiments under various knowledge transfer settings. The source code will be made available to the public

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@InProceedings{Hong_2022_WACV, author = {Hong, Seungbum and Yoon, Jihun and Choi, Min-Kook and Kim, Junmo}, title = {Self-Supervised Knowledge Transfer via Loosely Supervised Auxiliary Tasks}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)}, month = {January}, year = {2022}, pages = {3318-3327} }