Memory-guided Unsupervised Image-to-image Translation

Somi Jeong, Youngjung Kim, Eungbean Lee, Kwanghoon Sohn

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We present a novel unsupervised framework for instance-level image-to-image translation. Although recent advances have been made by incorporating additional object annotations, existing methods often fail to handle images with multiple disparate objects. The main cause is that, during inference, they apply a global style to the whole image and do not consider the large style discrepancy between instance and background, or within instances. To address this problem, we propose a class-aware memory network that explicitly reasons about local style variations. A key-values memory structure, with a set of read/update operations, is introduced to record class-wise style variations and access them without requiring an object detector at the test time. The key stores a domain-agnostic content representation for allocating memory items, while the values encode domain-specific style representations. We also present a feature contrastive loss to boost the discriminative power of memory items. We show that by incorporating our memory, we can transfer class-aware and accurate style representations across domains. Experimental results demonstrate that our model outperforms recent instance-level methods and achieves state-of-the-art performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2021
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781665445092
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 2021 Jun 192021 Jun 25

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
ISSN (Print)1063-6919


Conference2021 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Agency for Defense Development under the grant UD2000008RD. ∗Corresponding author

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 IEEE

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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