ADNet: Adaptively Dense Convolutional Neural Networks

Mingjie Wang, Hao Cai, Xin Huang, Minglun Gong; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2020, pp. 1001-1010


Convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have demonstrated great success in vision tasks. However, most existing architectures still suffer from low feature reuse efficiency. In this paper, we present a layer attention based Adaptively Dense Network (ADNet) by adaptively determining the reuse status of hierarchical preceding features. Specifically, a dense residual aggregation strategy is developed to fuse multi-level internal representations in an effective manner. Furthermore, a novel layer attention mechanism is proposed to explicitly model the interrelationship among layers to automatically adjust the density of the network. It is worth noting that existing ResNets and DenseNets are both special cases of our ADNet. Extensive experiments demonstrate that the proposed architecture consistently and indubitably achieves competitive results in accuracy on benchmark datasets (CIFAR10, CIFAR100, and SVHN), while at the same time remarkably reduces computational costs and memory space. Visualization and analysis on layer-wise attention further provide better understanding on the density of feature reuse in Deep Networks.

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author = {Wang, Mingjie and Cai, Hao and Huang, Xin and Gong, Minglun},
title = {ADNet: Adaptively Dense Convolutional Neural Networks},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)},
month = {March},
year = {2020}