Adding New Tasks to a Single Network with Weight Transformations using Binary Masks

Massimiliano Mancini, Elisa Ricci, Barbara Caputo, Samuel Rota Bulo; Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) Workshops, 2018, pp. 0-0

Abstract


Visual recognition algorithms are required today to exhibit adaptive abilities. Given a deep model trained on a specific, given task, it would be highly desirable to be able to adapt incrementally to new tasks, preserving scalability as the number of new tasks increases, while at the same time avoiding catastrophic forgetting issues. Recent work has shown that masking the internal weights of a given original conv-net through learned binary variables is a promising strategy. We build upon this intuition and take into account more elaborated affine transformations of the convolutional weights that include learned binary masks. We show that with our generalization it is possible to achieve significantly higher levels of adaptation to new tasks, enabling the approach to compete with fine tuning strategies by requiring slightly more than 1 bit per network parameter per additional task. Experiments on two popular benchmarks showcase the power of our approach, that achieves the new state of the art on the Visual Decathlon Challenge.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Mancini_2018_ECCV_Workshops,
author = {Mancini, Massimiliano and Ricci, Elisa and Caputo, Barbara and Rota Bulo, Samuel},
title = {Adding New Tasks to a Single Network with Weight Transformations using Binary Masks},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) Workshops},
month = {September},
year = {2018}
}