CycleEmotionGAN: Emotional Semantic Consistency Preserved CycleGAN for Adapting Image Emotions


  • Sicheng Zhao University of California Berkeley
  • Chuang Lin Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Pengfei Xu Didi Chuxing
  • Sendong Zhao Cornell University
  • Yuchen Guo Tsinghua University
  • Ravi Krishna University of California Berkeley
  • Guiguang Ding Tsinghua University
  • Kurt Keutzer University of California, Berkeley



Deep neural networks excel at learning from large-scale labeled training data, but cannot well generalize the learned knowledge to new domains or datasets. Domain adaptation studies how to transfer models trained on one labeled source domain to another sparsely labeled or unlabeled target domain. In this paper, we investigate the unsupervised domain adaptation (UDA) problem in image emotion classification. Specifically, we develop a novel cycle-consistent adversarial model, termed CycleEmotionGAN, by enforcing emotional semantic consistency while adapting images cycleconsistently. By alternately optimizing the CycleGAN loss, the emotional semantic consistency loss, and the target classification loss, CycleEmotionGAN can adapt source domain images to have similar distributions to the target domain without using aligned image pairs. Simultaneously, the annotation information of the source images is preserved. Extensive experiments are conducted on the ArtPhoto and FI datasets, and the results demonstrate that CycleEmotionGAN significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art UDA approaches.




How to Cite

Zhao, S., Lin, C., Xu, P., Zhao, S., Guo, Y., Krishna, R., Ding, G., & Keutzer, K. (2019). CycleEmotionGAN: Emotional Semantic Consistency Preserved CycleGAN for Adapting Image Emotions. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 33(01), 2620-2627.



AAAI Technical Track: Humans and AI