Few-Shot Weakly-Supervised Object Detection via Directional Statistics

Amirreza Shaban, Amir Rahimi, Thalaiyasingam Ajanthan, Byron Boots, Richard Hartley; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2022, pp. 3920-3929


Detecting novel objects from few examples has become an emerging topic in computer vision recently. However, current methods need fully annotated training images to learn new object categories which limits their applicability in real world scenarios such as field robotics. In this work, we propose a probabilistic multiple-instance learning approach for few-shot Common Object Localization (COL) and few-shot Weakly Supervised Object Detection (WSOD). In these tasks, only image-level labels, which are much cheaper to acquire, are available. We find that operating on features extracted from the last layer of a pre-trained Faster-RCNN is more effective compared to previous episodic learning based few-shot COL methods. Our model simultaneously learns the distribution of the novel objects and localizes them via expectation-maximization steps. As a probabilistic model, we employ von Mises-Fisher (vMF) distribution which captures the semantic information better than Gaussian distribution when applied to the pre-trained embedding space. When the novel objects are localized, we utilize them to learn a linear appearance model to detect novel classes in new images. Our extensive experiments show that the proposed method, despite being simple, outperforms strong baselines in few-shot COL and WSOD, as well as large-scale WSOD tasks.

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@InProceedings{Shaban_2022_WACV, author = {Shaban, Amirreza and Rahimi, Amir and Ajanthan, Thalaiyasingam and Boots, Byron and Hartley, Richard}, title = {Few-Shot Weakly-Supervised Object Detection via Directional Statistics}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)}, month = {January}, year = {2022}, pages = {3920-3929} }