Workshop: The First Workshop on Pre-training: Perspectives, Pitfalls, and Paths Forward

Feed-Forward Source-Free Latent Domain Adaptation via Cross-Attention

Ondrej Bohdal · Da Li · Xu Hu · Timothy Hospedales


We study the highly practical but comparatively under-studied problem of latent-domain adaptation, where a source model should be adapted to a target dataset that contains a mixture of unlabelled domain-relevant and domain-irrelevant examples. Motivated by the requirements for data privacy and the need for embedded and resource-constrained devices of all kinds to adapt to local data distributions, we further focus on the setting of feed-forward source-free domain adaptation, where adaptation should not require access to the source dataset, and also be back propagation-free. Our solution is to meta-learn a network capable of embedding the mixed-relevance target dataset and dynamically adapting inference for target examples using cross-attention. The resulting framework leads to consistent strong improvements.

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