Unsupervised generalizable multi-source person re-identification: A Domain-specific adaptive framework

Publication Name

Pattern Recognition


Domain generalization (DG) has attracted much attention in person re-identification (ReID) recently. It aims to make a model trained on multiple source domains generalize to an unseen target domain. Although achieving promising progress, existing methods usually need the source domains to be labeled, which could be a significant burden for practical ReID tasks. In this paper, we turn to investigate “unsupervised” domain generalization for ReID, by assuming that no label is available for any source domains. To address this challenging setting, we propose a simple and efficient domain-specific adaptive framework, and realize it with an adaptive normalization module designed upon the batch and instance normalization techniques. In doing so, we successfully yield reliable pseudo-labels to implement training and also enhance the domain generalization capability of the model as required. In addition, we show that our framework can even be applied to improve person ReID under the settings of supervised domain generalization and unsupervised domain adaptation, demonstrating competitive performance with respect to relevant methods. Extensive experimental study on benchmark datasets is conducted to validate the proposed framework. A significance of our work lies in that it shows the potential of unsupervised domain generalization for person ReID and sets a strong baseline for the further research on this topic. The code is available at https://github.com/Qi5Lei/DSAF.

Open Access Status

This publication is not available as open access



Article Number


Funding Number


Funding Sponsor

China Postdoctoral Science Foundation



Link to publisher version (DOI)