Frustratingly Easy Person Re-Identification: Generalizing Person Re-ID in Practice

Jieru Jia (Beijing Jiaotong University), Qiuqi Ruan (Beijing Jiaotong University), Timothy Hospedales (Edinburgh University)

Contemporary person re-identification (\reid) methods usually require access to data from the deployment camera network during training in order to perform well. This is because contemporary \reid{} models trained on one dataset do not generalise to other camera networks due to the domain-shift between datasets. This requirement is often the bottleneck for deploying \reid{} systems in practical security or commercial applications, as it may be impossible to collect this data in advance or prohibitively costly to annotate it. This paper alleviates this issue by proposing a simple baseline for domain generalizable~(DG) person re-identification. That is, to learn a \reid{} model from a set of source domains that is suitable for application to unseen datasets out-of-the-box, without any model updating. Specifically, we observe that the domain discrepancy in \reid{} is due to style and content variance across datasets and demonstrate appropriate Instance and Feature Normalization alleviates much of the resulting domain-shift in Deep \reid{} models. Instance Normalization~(IN) in early layers filters out style statistic variations and Feature Normalization~(FN) in deep layers is able to further eliminate disparity in content statistics. Compared to contemporary alternatives, this approach is extremely simple to implement, while being faster to train and test, thus making it an extremely valuable baseline for implementing \reid{} in practice. With a few lines of code, it increases the rank 1 \reid{} accuracy by {11.8\%, 33.2\%, 12.8\% and 8.5\%} on the VIPeR, PRID, GRID, and i-LIDS benchmarks respectively. Source codes are available at \url{}.


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title={Frustratingly Easy Person Re-Identification: Generalizing Person Re-ID in Practice},
author={Jieru Jia and Qiuqi Ruan and Timothy Hospedales},
booktitle={Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC)},
publisher={BMVA Press},
editor={Kirill Sidorov and Yulia Hicks},