Foreground Object Structure Transfer for Unsupervised Domain Adaptation

14 Sep 2021  ·  Jieren Cheng, Le Liu, Xiangyan Tang, Wenxuan Tu, Boyi Liu, Ke Zhou, Qiaobo Da, Yue Yang ·

Unsupervised domain adaptation aims to train a classification model from the labeled source domain for the unlabeled target domain. Since the data distributions of the two domains are different, the model often performs poorly on the target domain. Existing methods align the feature distributions of the source and target domains and learn domain-invariant features to improve the performance of the model. However, the features are usually aligned as a whole, and the domain adaptation task fails to serve the classification, which will ignore the class information and lead to misalignment.In this paper, we investigate those features that should be used for domain alignment, introduce prior knowledge to extract foreground features to guide the domain adaptation task for classification tasks, and perform alignment in the local structure of objects. We propose a method called Foreground Object Structure Transfer(FOST). The key to FOST is the new clustering based condition, which combines the relative position relationship of foreground objects. Based on this conditions, FOST makes the data distribution of the same class more compact in geometry. In practice, since the label of the target domain is not available, we use the clustering information of the source domain to assign pseudo labels to the target domain samples, and then according to the source domain data prior knowledge guides those positive features to maximum the inter-class distance between different classes and mimimum the intra-class distance. Extensive experimental results on various benchmarks ($i.e.$ ImageCLEF-DA, Office-31, Office-Home, Visda-2017) under different domain adaptation settings prove that our FOST compares favorably against the existing state-of-the-art domain adaptation methods.

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