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Feature-Critic Networks for Heterogeneous Domain Generalization
Yiying Li · Yongxin Yang · Wei Zhou · Timothy Hospedales

Tue Jun 11 03:00 PM -- 03:05 PM (PDT) @ Grand Ballroom

Domain shift is the well-known issue that model performance degrades when deployed to a new target domain with different statistics to training. Domain adaptation techniques alleviate this, but need some instances from the target domain to drive adaptation. Domain generalization is the recently topical problem of learning a model that generalizes to unseen domains out of the box, without accessing any target data. Various domain generalization approaches aim to train a domain-invariant feature extractor, typically by adding some manually designed losses. In this work, we propose a “learning to learn” approach, where the auxiliary loss that helps generalization is itself learned. This approach is conceptually simple and flexible, and leads to considerable improvement in robustness to domain shift. Beyond conventional domain generalization, we consider a more challenging setting of “heterogeneous” domain generalization, where the unseen domains do not share label space with the seen ones, and the goal is to train a feature which is useful off-the-shelf for novel data and novel categories. Experimental evaluation demonstrates that our method outperforms state-of-the-art solutions in both settings.

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Yiying Li (National University of Defense Technology)
Yongxin Yang (University of Edinburgh )
Wei Zhou (National University of Defense Technology)
Timothy Hospedales (Samsung AI Centre / University of Edinburgh)

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