Feature Transfer Learning for Face Recognition with Under-Represented Data

Publication Date: 6/16/2019

Event: IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2019)

Reference: pp. 5704-5713, 2019

Authors: Xi Yin, Michigan State University, NEC Laboratories America, Inc.; Xiang Yu, NEC Laboratories America, Inc.; Kihyuk Sohn, NEC Laboratories America, Inc.; Xiaoming Liu, Michigan State University; Manmohan Chandraker, NEC Laboratories America, Inc., University of California, San Diego

Abstract: Despite the large volume of face recognition datasets, there is a significant portion of subjects, of which the samples are insufficient and thus under-represented. Ignoring such significant portion results in insufficient training data. Training with under-represented data leads to biased classifiers in conventionally-trained deep networks. In this paper, we propose a center-based feature transfer framework to augment the feature space of under-represented subjects from the regular subjects that have sufficiently diverse samples. A Gaussian prior of the variance is assumed across all subjects and the variance from regular ones are transferred to the under-represented ones. This encourages the under-represented distribution to be closer to the regular distribution. Further, an alternating training regimen is proposed to simultaneously achieve less biased classifiers and a more discriminative feature representation. We conduct ablative study to mimic the under-represented datasets by varying the portion of under-represented classes on the MS-Celeb-1M dataset. Advantageous results on LFW, IJB-A and MS-Celeb-1M demonstrate the effectiveness of our feature transfer and training strategy, compared to both general baselines and state-of-the-art methods. Moreover, our feature transfer successfully presents smooth visual interpolation, which conducts disentanglement to preserve identity of a class while augmenting its feature space with non-identity variations such as pose and lighting.

Publication Link: https://openaccess.thecvf.com/content_CVPR_2019/html/Yin_Feature_Transfer_Learning_for_Face_Recognition_With_Under-Represented_Data_CVPR_2019_paper.html