IB-GAN: Disentangled Representation Learning with Information Bottleneck Generative Adversarial Networks


  • Insu Jeon Seoul National University
  • Wonkwang Lee KAIST
  • Myeongjang Pyeon Seoul National University
  • Gunhee Kim Seoul National University




Neural Generative Models & Autoencoders, Representation Learning, Adversarial Learning & Robustness, Unsupervised & Self-Supervised Learning


We propose a new GAN-based unsupervised model for disentangled representation learning. The new model is discovered in an attempt to utilize the Information Bottleneck (IB) framework to the optimization of GAN, thereby named IB-GAN. The architecture of IB-GAN is partially similar to that of InfoGAN but has a critical difference; an intermediate layer of the generator is leveraged to constrain the mutual information between the input and the generated output. The intermediate stochastic layer can serve as a learnable latent distribution that is trained with the generator jointly in an end-to-end fashion. As a result, the generator of IB-GAN can harness the latent space in a disentangled and interpretable manner. With the experiments on dSprites and Color-dSprites dataset, we demonstrate that IB-GAN achieves competitive disentanglement scores to those of state-of-the-art β-VAEs and outperforms InfoGAN. Moreover, the visual quality and the diversity of samples generated by IB-GAN are often better than those by β-VAEs and Info-GAN in terms of FID score on CelebA and 3D Chairs dataset.




How to Cite

Jeon, I., Lee, W., Pyeon, M., & Kim, G. (2021). IB-GAN: Disentangled Representation Learning with Information Bottleneck Generative Adversarial Networks. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 35(9), 7926-7934. https://doi.org/10.1609/aaai.v35i9.16967



AAAI Technical Track on Machine Learning II