MultiFace: A Generic Training Mechanism for Boosting Face Recognition Performance

25 Jan 2021  ·  Jing Xu, Tszhang Guo, Yong Xu, Zenglin Xu, Kun Bai ·

Deep Convolutional Neural Networks (DCNNs) and their variants have been widely used in large scale face recognition(FR) recently. Existing methods have achieved good performance on many FR benchmarks... However, most of them suffer from two major problems. First, these methods converge quite slowly since they optimize the loss functions in a high-dimensional and sparse Gaussian Sphere. Second, the high dimensionality of features, despite the powerful descriptive ability, brings difficulty to the optimization, which may lead to a sub-optimal local optimum. To address these problems, we propose a simple yet efficient training mechanism called MultiFace, where we approximate the original high-dimensional features by the ensemble of low-dimensional features. The proposed mechanism is also generic and can be easily applied to many advanced FR models. Moreover, it brings the benefits of good interpretability to FR models via the clustering effect. In detail, the ensemble of these low-dimensional features can capture complementary yet discriminative information, which can increase the intra-class compactness and inter-class separability. Experimental results show that the proposed mechanism can accelerate 2-3 times with the softmax loss and 1.2-1.5 times with Arcface or Cosface, while achieving state-of-the-art performances in several benchmark datasets. Especially, the significant improvements on large-scale datasets(e.g., IJB and MageFace) demonstrate the flexibility of our new training mechanism. read more

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