Adapting Object Detectors via Selective Cross-Domain Alignment

Xinge Zhu, Jiangmiao Pang, Ceyuan Yang, Jianping Shi, Dahua Lin; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2019, pp. 687-696


State-of-the-art object detectors are usually trained on public datasets. They often face substantial difficulties when applied to a different domain, where the imaging condition differs significantly and the corresponding annotated data are unavailable (or expensive to acquire). A natural remedy is to adapt the model by aligning the image representations on both domains. This can be achieved, for example, by adversarial learning, and has been shown to be effective in tasks like image classification. However, we found that in object detection, the improvement obtained in this way is quite limited. An important reason is that conventional domain adaptation methods strive to align images as a whole, while object detection, by nature, focuses on local regions that may contain objects of interest. Motivated by this, we propose a novel approach to domain adaption for object detection to handle the issues in "where to look" and "how to align". Our key idea is to mine the discriminative regions, namely those that are directly pertinent to object detection, and focus on aligning them across both domains. Experiments show that the proposed method performs remarkably better than existing methods with about 4% 6% improvement under various domain-shift scenarios while keeping good scalability.

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author = {Zhu, Xinge and Pang, Jiangmiao and Yang, Ceyuan and Shi, Jianping and Lin, Dahua},
title = {Adapting Object Detectors via Selective Cross-Domain Alignment},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2019}