Transferring learning from multi-person tracking to person re-identification Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2019

start page

  • 329

end page

  • 344


  • 4


  • 26

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1069-2509

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1875-8835


  • Learning to discriminate, whether two person-images correspond to the same person or not, is a daunting challenge when only two images per person are available. This task is called single-shot person re-identification (re-id) and it assumes that each one of the two available images was captured from a different camera view entailing variations in pose, resolution, scale, illumination and background. Addressing this task through supervised training of a deep convolutional neural network is susceptible to model overfitting due to the critical lack of enough labelled data. This paper proposes to exploit the transference of learning previously acquired from a multi-object-tracking (MOT) domain. In this context, a unique deep triplet architecture has been trained on both domains. Six different levels of transfer learning have been implemented and evaluated, proving that the transference of leaning from a different domain remarkably increases the re-id performance. Experimental results validate accuracy and robustness of the proposed method as comparable to other state-of-the-art techniques. These results also confirm that, despite the data problem, deep learning is also applicable to the single-shot re-id task.


  • Robotics and Industrial Informatics


  • transfer learning; deep learning; person re-identification; multi-object tracking; pair-wise binary classification