# Unleashing the Potential of Unsupervised Pre-Training with Intra-Identity Regularization for Person Re-Identification

1 Dec 2021  ·  , , , ·

Existing person re-identification (ReID) methods typically directly load the pre-trained ImageNet weights for initialization. However, as a fine-grained classification task, ReID is more challenging and exists a large domain gap between ImageNet classification. Inspired by the great success of self-supervised representation learning with contrastive objectives, in this paper, we design an Unsupervised Pre-training framework for ReID based on the contrastive learning (CL) pipeline, dubbed UP-ReID. During the pre-training, we attempt to address two critical issues for learning fine-grained ReID features: (1) the augmentations in CL pipeline may distort the discriminative clues in person images. (2) the fine-grained local features of person images are not fully-explored. Therefore, we introduce an intra-identity (I$^2$-)regularization in the UP-ReID, which is instantiated as two constraints coming from global image aspect and local patch aspect: a global consistency is enforced between augmented and original person images to increase robustness to augmentation, while an intrinsic contrastive constraint among local patches of each image is employed to fully explore the local discriminative clues. Extensive experiments on multiple popular Re-ID datasets, including PersonX, Market1501, CUHK03, and MSMT17, demonstrate that our UP-ReID pre-trained model can significantly benefit the downstream ReID fine-tuning and achieve state-of-the-art performance. Codes and models will be released to https://github.com/Frost-Yang-99/UP-ReID.

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