A High-Accuracy Unsupervised Person Re-identification Method Using Auxiliary Information Mined from Datasets

6 May 2022  ·  Hehan Teng, Tao He, Yuchen Guo, Guiguang Ding ·

Supervised person re-identification methods rely heavily on high-quality cross-camera training label. This significantly hinders the deployment of re-ID models in real-world applications. The unsupervised person re-ID methods can reduce the cost of data annotation, but their performance is still far lower than the supervised ones. In this paper, we make full use of the auxiliary information mined from the datasets for multi-modal feature learning, including camera information, temporal information and spatial information. By analyzing the style bias of cameras, the characteristics of pedestrians' motion trajectories and the positions of camera network, this paper designs three modules: Time-Overlapping Constraint (TOC), Spatio-Temporal Similarity (STS) and Same-Camera Penalty (SCP) to exploit the auxiliary information. Auxiliary information can improve the model performance and inference accuracy by constructing association constraints or fusing with visual features. In addition, this paper proposes three effective training tricks, including Restricted Label Smoothing Cross Entropy Loss (RLSCE), Weight Adaptive Triplet Loss (WATL) and Dynamic Training Iterations (DTI). The tricks achieve mAP of 72.4% and 81.1% on MARS and DukeMTMC-VideoReID, respectively. Combined with auxiliary information exploiting modules, our methods achieve mAP of 89.9% on DukeMTMC, where TOC, STS and SCP all contributed considerable performance improvements. The method proposed by this paper outperforms most existing unsupervised re-ID methods and narrows the gap between unsupervised and supervised re-ID methods. Our code is at https://github.com/tenghehan/AuxUSLReID.

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Unsupervised Person Re-Identification DukeMTMC-VideoReID AuxUSLReID mAP 89.9 # 1
Rank-1 91.9 # 1
Unsupervised Person Re-Identification MARS AuxUSLReID mAP 72.4 # 1
rank-1 80.9 # 1