Recurrent Transformer Networks for Semantic Correspondence

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 31 (NeurIPS 2018)

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Seungryong Kim, Stephen Lin, SANG RYUL JEON, Dongbo Min, Kwanghoon Sohn


We present recurrent transformer networks (RTNs) for obtaining dense correspondences between semantically similar images. Our networks accomplish this through an iterative process of estimating spatial transformations between the input images and using these transformations to generate aligned convolutional activations. By directly estimating the transformations between an image pair, rather than employing spatial transformer networks to independently normalize each individual image, we show that greater accuracy can be achieved. This process is conducted in a recursive manner to refine both the transformation estimates and the feature representations. In addition, a technique is presented for weakly-supervised training of RTNs that is based on a proposed classification loss. With RTNs, state-of-the-art performance is attained on several benchmarks for semantic correspondence.