Robust Person Re-Identification through Contextual Mutual Boosting

16 Sep 2020  ·  Zhikang Wang, Lihuo He, Xinbo Gao, Jane Shen ·

Person Re-Identification (Re-ID) has witnessed great advance, driven by the development of deep learning. However, modern person Re-ID is still challenged by background clutter, occlusion and large posture variation which are common in practice. Previous methods tackle these challenges by localizing pedestrians through external cues (e.g., pose estimation, human parsing) or attention mechanism, suffering from high computation cost and increased model complexity. In this paper, we propose the Contextual Mutual Boosting Network (CMBN). It localizes pedestrians and recalibrates features by effectively exploiting contextual information and statistical inference. Firstly, we construct two branches with a shared convolutional frontend to learn the foreground and background features respectively. By enabling interaction between these two branches, they boost the accuracy of the spatial localization mutually. Secondly, starting from a statistical perspective, we propose the Mask Generator that exploits the activation distribution of the transformation matrix for generating the static channel mask to the representations. The mask recalibrates the features to amplify the valuable characteristics and diminish the noise. Finally, we propose the Contextual-Detachment Strategy to optimize the two branches jointly and independently, which further enhances the localization precision. Experiments on the benchmarks demonstrate the superiority of the architecture compared the state-of-the-art.

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