Delta-encoder: an effective sample synthesis method for few-shot object recognition

Published in Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 2018

Authors: E. Schwartz*, L. Karlinsky*, J. Shtok, S. Harary, M. Marder, R. Feris, A. Kumar, R. Giryes and A. Bronstein


Learning to classify new categories based on just one or a few examples is a long-standing challenge in modern computer vision. In this work, we proposes a simple yet effective method for few-shot (and one-shot) object recognition. Our approach is based on a modified auto-encoder, denoted Delta-encoder, that learns to synthesize new samples for an unseen category just by seeing few examples from it. The synthesized samples are then used to train a classifier. The proposed approach learns to both extract transferable intra-class deformations, or “deltas”, between same-class pairs of training examples, and to apply those deltas to the few provided examples of a novel class (unseen during training) in order to efficiently synthesize samples from that new class. The proposed method improves over the state-of-the-art in one-shot object-recognition and compares favorably in the few-shot case. Upon acceptance code will be made available.