Text-based Person Search via Attribute-aided Matching

Surbhi Aggarwal, Venkatesh Babu RADHAKRISHNAN, Anirban Chakraborty; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2020, pp. 2617-2625


Text-based person search aims to retrieve the pedestrian images that best match a given text query. Existing methods utilize class-id information to get discriminative and identity-preserving features. However, it is not well-explored whether it is beneficial to explicitly ensure that the semantics of the data are retained. In the proposed work, we aim to create semantics-preserving embeddings through an additional task of attribute prediction. Since attribute annotation is typically unavailable in text-based person search, we first mine them from the text corpus. These attributes are then used as a means to bridge the modality gap between the image-text inputs, as well as to improve the representation learning. In summary, we propose an approach for text-based person search by learning an attribute-driven space along with a class-information driven space, and utilize both for obtaining the retrieval results. Our experiments on benchmark dataset, CUHK-PEDES, show that learning the attribute-space not only helps in improving performance, giving us state-of-the-art Rank-1 accuracy of 56.68%, but also yields humanly-interpretable features.

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author = {Aggarwal, Surbhi and RADHAKRISHNAN, Venkatesh Babu and Chakraborty, Anirban},
title = {Text-based Person Search via Attribute-aided Matching},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)},
month = {March},
year = {2020}