Few-Shot Image Recognition With Knowledge Transfer

Zhimao Peng, Zechao Li, Junge Zhang, Yan Li, Guo-Jun Qi, Jinhui Tang; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019, pp. 441-449


Human can well recognize images of novel categories just after browsing few examples of these categories. One possible reason is that they have some external discriminative visual information about these categories from their prior knowledge. Inspired from this, we propose a novel Knowledge Transfer Network architecture (KTN) for few-shot image recognition. The proposed KTN model jointly incorporates visual feature learning, knowledge inferring and classifier learning into one unified framework for their optimal compatibility. First, the visual classifiers for novel categories are learned based on the convolutional neural network with the cosine similarity optimization. To fully explore the prior knowledge, a semantic-visual mapping network is then developed to conduct knowledge inference, which enables to infer the classifiers for novel categories from base categories. Finally, we design an adaptive fusion scheme to infer the desired classifiers by effectively integrating the above knowledge and visual information. Extensive experiments are conducted on two widely-used Mini-ImageNet and ImageNet Few-Shot benchmarks to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed method. The results compared with the state-of-the-art approaches show the encouraging performance of the proposed method, especially on 1-shot and 2-shot tasks.

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author = {Peng, Zhimao and Li, Zechao and Zhang, Junge and Li, Yan and Qi, Guo-Jun and Tang, Jinhui},
title = {Few-Shot Image Recognition With Knowledge Transfer},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {October},
year = {2019}