Delving into Probabilistic Uncertainty for Unsupervised Domain Adaptive Person Re-identification


  • Jian Han Tsinghua University
  • Ya-Li Li Tsinghua University
  • Shengjin Wang Tsinghua University



Computer Vision (CV)


Clustering-based unsupervised domain adaptive (UDA) person re-identification (ReID) reduces exhaustive annotations. However, owing to unsatisfactory feature embedding and imperfect clustering, pseudo labels for target domain data inherently contain an unknown proportion of wrong ones, which would mislead feature learning. In this paper, we propose an approach named probabilistic uncertainty guided progressive label refinery (P2LR) for domain adaptive person re-identification. First, we propose to model the labeling uncertainty with the probabilistic distance along with ideal single-peak distributions. A quantitative criterion is established to measure the uncertainty of pseudo labels and facilitate the network training. Second, we explore a progressive strategy for refining pseudo labels. With the uncertainty-guided alternative optimization, we balance between the exploration of target domain data and the negative effects of noisy labeling. On top of a strong baseline, we obtain significant improvements and achieve the state-of-the-art performance on four UDA ReID benchmarks. Specifically, our method outperforms the baseline by 6.5% mAP on the Duke2Market task, while surpassing the state-of-the-art method by 2.5% mAP on the Market2MSMT task. Code is available at:




How to Cite

Han, J., Li, Y.-L., & Wang, S. (2022). Delving into Probabilistic Uncertainty for Unsupervised Domain Adaptive Person Re-identification. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 36(1), 790-798.



AAAI Technical Track on Computer Vision I