Self-Labeling Framework for Novel Category Discovery over Domains


  • Qing Yu The University of Tokyo
  • Daiki Ikami The University of Tokyo NTT Corporation
  • Go Irie NTT Corporation
  • Kiyoharu Aizawa The University of Tokyo



Computer Vision (CV)


Unsupervised domain adaptation (UDA) has been highly successful in transferring knowledge acquired from a label-rich source domain to a label-scarce target domain. Open-set domain adaptation (open-set DA) and universal domain adaptation (UniDA) have been proposed as solutions to the problem concerning the presence of additional novel categories in the target domain. Existing open-set DA and UniDA approaches treat all novel categories as one unified unknown class and attempt to detect this unknown class during the training process. However, the features of the novel categories learned by these methods are not discriminative. This limits the applicability of UDA in the further classification of these novel categories into their original categories, rather than assigning them to a single unified class. In this paper, we propose a self-labeling framework to cluster all target samples, including those in the ''unknown'' categories. We train the network to learn the representations of target samples via self-supervised learning (SSL) and to identify the seen and unseen (novel) target-sample categories simultaneously by maximizing the mutual information between labels and input data. We evaluated our approach under different DA settings and concluded that our method generally outperformed existing ones by a wide margin.




How to Cite

Yu, Q., Ikami, D., Irie, G., & Aizawa, K. (2022). Self-Labeling Framework for Novel Category Discovery over Domains. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 36(3), 3161-3169.



AAAI Technical Track on Computer Vision III