Learning for Data Synthesis: Joint Local Salient Projection and Adversarial Network Optimization for Vehicle Re-Identification

Yanbing Chen, Wei Ke, Wei Zhang, Cui Wang, Hao Sheng, Zhang Xiong

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The problem of vehicle re-identification in surveillance scenarios has grown in popularity as a research topic. Deep learning has been successfully applied in re-identification tasks in the last few years due to its superior performance. However, deep learning approaches require a large volume of training data, and it is particularly crucial in vehicle re-identification tasks to have a sufficient amount of varying image samples for each vehicle. To collect and construct such a large and diverse dataset from natural environments is labor intensive. We offer a novel image sample synthesis framework to automatically generate new variants of training data by augmentation. First, we use an attention module to locate a local salient projection region in an image sample. Then, a lightweight convolutional neural network, the parameter agent network, is responsible for generating further image transformation states. Finally, an adversarial module is employed to ensure that the images in the dataset are distorted, while retaining their structural identities. This adversarial module helps to generate more appropriate and difficult training samples for vehicle re-identification. Moreover, we select the most difficult sample and update the parameter agent network accordingly to improve the performance. Our method draws on the adversarial networks strategy and the self-attention mechanism, which can dynamically decide the region selection and transformation degree of the synthesis images. Extensive experiments on the VeRi-776, VehicleID, and VERI-Wild datasets achieve good performance. Specifically, our method outperforms the state-of-the-art in MAP accuracy on VeRi-776 by 2.15%. Moreover, on VERI-Wil, a significant improvement of 7.15% is achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9539
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • adversarial module
  • convolutional neural network
  • parameter agent network
  • sample synthesis
  • self-attention mechanism
  • vehicle re-identification


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