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Distribution-aware Knowledge Prototyping for Non-exemplar Lifelong Person Re-identification

Kunlun Xu · Xu Zou · Yuxin Peng · Jiahuan Zhou

Arch 4A-E Poster #195
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Thu 20 Jun 5 p.m. PDT — 6:30 p.m. PDT


Lifelong person re-identification (LReID) suffers from the catastrophic forgetting problem when learning from non-stationary data. Existing exemplar-based and knowledge distillation-based LReID methods encounter data privacy and limited acquisition capacity respectively. In this paper, we instead introduce the prototype, which is under-investigated in LReID, to better balance knowledge forgetting and acquisition. Existing prototype-based works primarily focus on the classification task, where the prototypes are set as discrete points or statistical distributions. However, they either discard the distribution information or omit instance-level diversity which are crucial fine-grained clues for LReID. To address the above problems, we propose Distribution-aware Knowledge Prototyping (DKP) where the instance-level diversity of each sample is modeled to transfer comprehensive fine-grained knowledge for prototyping and facilitating LReID learning. Specifically, an Instance-level Distribution Modeling network is proposed to capture the local diversity of each instance. Then, the Distribution-oriented Prototype Generation algorithm transforms the instance-level diversity into identity-level distributions as prototypes, which is further explored by the designed Prototype-based Knowledge Transfer module to enhance the knowledge anti-forgetting and acquisition capacity of the LReID model. Extensive experiments verify that our method achieves superior plasticity and stability balancing and outperforms existing LReID methods by 8.1%/9.1% average mAP/R@1 improvement. The code is available at

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