A Robust Learning Approach to Domain Adaptive Object Detection

Mehran Khodabandeh, Arash Vahdat, Mani Ranjbar, William G. Macready; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019, pp. 480-490


Domain shift is unavoidable in real-world applications of object detection. For example, in self-driving cars, the target domain consists of unconstrained road environments which cannot all possibly be observed in training data. Similarly, in surveillance applications sufficiently representative training data may be lacking due to privacy regulations. In this paper, we address the domain adaptation problem from the perspective of robust learning and show that the problem may be formulated as training with noisy labels. We propose a robust object detection framework that is resilient to noise in bounding box class labels, locations and size annotations. To adapt to the domain shift, the model is trained on the target domain using a set of noisy object bounding boxes that are obtained by a detection model trained only in the source domain. We evaluate the accuracy of our approach in various source/target domain pairs and demonstrate that the model significantly improves the state-of-the-art on multiple domain adaptation scenarios on the SIM10K, Cityscapes and KITTI datasets.

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author = {Khodabandeh, Mehran and Vahdat, Arash and Ranjbar, Mani and Macready, William G.},
title = {A Robust Learning Approach to Domain Adaptive Object Detection},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {October},
year = {2019}