AugNet: End-to-End Unsupervised Visual Representation Learning with Image Augmentation

11 Jun 2021  ·  Mingxiang Chen, Zhanguo Chang, Haonan Lu, Bitao Yang, Zhuang Li, Liufang Guo, Zhecheng Wang ·

Most of the achievements in artificial intelligence so far were accomplished by supervised learning which requires numerous annotated training data and thus costs innumerable manpower for labeling. Unsupervised learning is one of the effective solutions to overcome such difficulties. In our work, we propose AugNet, a new deep learning training paradigm to learn image features from a collection of unlabeled pictures. We develop a method to construct the similarities between pictures as distance metrics in the embedding space by leveraging the inter-correlation between augmented versions of samples. Our experiments demonstrate that the method is able to represent the image in low dimensional space and performs competitively in downstream tasks such as image classification and image similarity comparison. Specifically, we achieved over 60% and 27% accuracy on the STL10 and CIFAR100 datasets with unsupervised clustering, respectively. Moreover, unlike many deep-learning-based image retrieval algorithms, our approach does not require access to external annotated datasets to train the feature extractor, but still shows comparable or even better feature representation ability and easy-to-use characteristics. In our evaluations, the method outperforms all the state-of-the-art image retrieval algorithms on some out-of-domain image datasets. The code for the model implementation is available at

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