Part-Stacked CNN for Fine-Grained Visual Categorization

Research paper by Shaoli Huang, Zhe Xu, Dacheng Tao, Ya Zhang

Indexed on: 26 Dec '15Published on: 26 Dec '15Published in: Computer Science - Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


In the context of fine-grained visual categorization, the ability to interpret models as human-understandable visual manuals is sometimes as important as achieving high classification accuracy. In this paper, we propose a novel Part-Stacked CNN architecture that explicitly explains the fine-grained recognition process by modeling subtle differences from object parts. Based on manually-labeled strong part annotations, the proposed architecture consists of a fully convolutional network to locate multiple object parts and a two-stream classification network that en- codes object-level and part-level cues simultaneously. By adopting a set of sharing strategies between the computation of multiple object parts, the proposed architecture is very efficient running at 20 frames/sec during inference. Experimental results on the CUB-200-2011 dataset reveal the effectiveness of the proposed architecture, from both the perspective of classification accuracy and model interpretability.