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Efficient RGB-T Tracking via Cross-Modality Distillation

Tianlu Zhang · Hongyuan Guo · Qiang Jiao · Qiang Zhang · Jungong Han

West Building Exhibit Halls ABC 121
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Most current RGB-T trackers adopt a two-stream structure to extract unimodal RGB and thermal features and complex fusion strategies to achieve multi-modal feature fusion, which require a huge number of parameters, thus hindering their real-life applications. On the other hand, a compact RGB-T tracker may be computationally efficient but encounter non-negligible performance degradation, due to the weakening of feature representation ability. To remedy this situation, a cross-modality distillation framework is presented to bridge the performance gap between a compact tracker and a powerful tracker. Specifically, a specific-common feature distillation module is proposed to transform the modality-common information as well as the modality-specific information from a deeper two-stream network to a shallower single-stream network. In addition, a multi-path selection distillation module is proposed to instruct a simple fusion module to learn more accurate multi-modal information from a well-designed fusion mechanism by using multiple paths. We validate the effectiveness of our method with extensive experiments on three RGB-T benchmarks, which achieves state-of-the-art performance but consumes much less computational resources.

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