Triplet Contrastive Representation Learning for Unsupervised Vehicle Re-identification

23 Jan 2023  ·  Fei Shen, Xiaoyu Du, Liyan Zhang, Xiangbo Shu, Jinhui Tang ·

Part feature learning is critical for fine-grained semantic understanding in vehicle re-identification. However, existing approaches directly model part features and global features, which can easily lead to serious gradient vanishing issues due to their unequal feature information and unreliable pseudo-labels for unsupervised vehicle re-identification. To address this problem, in this paper, we propose a simple Triplet Contrastive Representation Learning (TCRL) framework which leverages cluster features to bridge the part features and global features for unsupervised vehicle re-identification. Specifically, TCRL devises three memory banks to store the instance/cluster features and proposes a Proxy Contrastive Loss (PCL) to make contrastive learning between adjacent memory banks, thus presenting the associations between the part and global features as a transition of the part-cluster and cluster-global associations. Since the cluster memory bank copes with all the vehicle features, it can summarize them into a discriminative feature representation. To deeply exploit the instance/cluster information, TCRL proposes two additional loss functions. For the instance-level feature, a Hybrid Contrastive Loss (HCL) re-defines the sample correlations by approaching the positive instance features and pushing the all negative instance features away. For the cluster-level feature, a Weighted Regularization Cluster Contrastive Loss (WRCCL) refines the pseudo labels by penalizing the mislabeled images according to the instance similarity. Extensive experiments show that TCRL outperforms many state-of-the-art unsupervised vehicle re-identification approaches.

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