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Task-Adaptive Saliency Guidance for Exemplar-free Class Incremental Learning

Xialei Liu · Jiang-Tian Zhai · Andrew Bagdanov · Ke Li · Ming-Ming Cheng

Arch 4A-E Poster #430
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Fri 21 Jun 10:30 a.m. PDT — noon PDT


Exemplar-free Class Incremental Learning (EFCIL) aims to sequentially learn tasks with access only to data from the current one. EFCIL is of interest because it mitigates concerns about privacy and long-term storage of data, while at the same time alleviating the problem of catastrophic forgetting in incremental learning.In this work, we introduce task-adaptive saliency for EFCIL and propose a new framework, which we call Task-Adaptive Saliency Supervision (TASS), for mitigating the negative effects of saliency drift between different tasks. We first apply boundary-guided saliency to maintain task adaptivity and plasticity on model attention. Besides, we introduce task-agnostic low-level signals as auxiliary supervision to increase the stability of model attention. Finally, we introduce a module for injecting and recovering saliency noise to increase the robustness of saliency preservation. Our experiments demonstrate that our method can better preserve saliency maps across tasks and achieve state-of-the-art results on the CIFAR-100, Tiny-ImageNet, and ImageNet-Subset EFCIL benchmarks.

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