ExchNet: A Unified Hashing Network for Large-Scale Fine-Grained Image Retrieval

Quan Cui, Qing Yuan Jiang, Xiu Shen Wei, Wu Jun Li, Osamu Yoshie

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Abstract

Retrieving content relevant images from a large-scale fine-grained dataset could suffer from intolerably slow query speed and highly redundant storage cost, due to high-dimensional real-valued embeddings which aim to distinguish subtle visual differences of fine-grained objects. In this paper, we study the novel fine-grained hashing topic to generate compact binary codes for fine-grained images, leveraging the search and storage efficiency of hash learning to alleviate the aforementioned problems. Specifically, we propose a unified end-to-end trainable network, termed as ExchNet. Based on attention mechanisms and proposed attention constraints, ExchNet can firstly obtain both local and global features to represent object parts and the whole fine-grained objects, respectively. Furthermore, to ensure the discriminative ability and semantic meaning’s consistency of these part-level features across images, we design a local feature alignment approach by performing a feature exchanging operation. Later, an alternating learning algorithm is employed to optimize the whole ExchNet and then generate the final binary hash codes. Validated by extensive experiments, our ExchNet consistently outperforms state-of-the-art generic hashing methods on five fine-grained datasets. Moreover, compared with other approximate nearest neighbor methods, ExchNet achieves the best speed-up and storage reduction, revealing its efficiency and practicality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Vision – ECCV 2020 - 16th European Conference 2020, Proceedings
EditorsAndrea Vedaldi, Horst Bischof, Thomas Brox, Jan-Michael Frahm
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages189-205
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783030585792
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event16th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2020 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 2020 Aug 232020 Aug 28

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12348 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference16th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period20/8/2320/8/28

Keywords

  • Feature alignment
  • Fine-Grained Image Retrieval
  • Large-scale image search
  • Learning to hash

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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