Models, code, and papers for "Xing Fan":

End-to-end Anchored Speech Recognition

Feb 06, 2019
Yiming Wang, Xing Fan, I-Fan Chen, Yuzong Liu, Tongfei Chen, Björn Hoffmeister

Voice-controlled house-hold devices, like Amazon Echo or Google Home, face the problem of performing speech recognition of device-directed speech in the presence of interfering background speech, i.e., background noise and interfering speech from another person or media device in proximity need to be ignored. We propose two end-to-end models to tackle this problem with information extracted from the "anchored segment". The anchored segment refers to the wake-up word part of an audio stream, which contains valuable speaker information that can be used to suppress interfering speech and background noise. The first method is called "Multi-source Attention" where the attention mechanism takes both the speaker information and decoder state into consideration. The second method directly learns a frame-level mask on top of the encoder output. We also explore a multi-task learning setup where we use the ground truth of the mask to guide the learner. Given that audio data with interfering speech is rare in our training data set, we also propose a way to synthesize "noisy" speech from "clean" speech to mitigate the mismatch between training and test data. Our proposed methods show up to 15% relative reduction in WER for Amazon Alexa live data with interfering background speech without significantly degrading on clean speech.

* Accepted by ICASSP 2019 

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Cross-Spectrum Dual-Subspace Pairing for RGB-infrared Cross-Modality Person Re-Identification

Feb 29, 2020
Xing Fan, Hao Luo, Chi Zhang, Wei Jiang

Due to its potential wide applications in video surveillance and other computer vision tasks like tracking, person re-identification (ReID) has become popular and been widely investigated. However, conventional person re-identification can only handle RGB color images, which will fail at dark conditions. Thus RGB-infrared ReID (also known as Infrared-Visible ReID or Visible-Thermal ReID) is proposed. Apart from appearance discrepancy in traditional ReID caused by illumination, pose variations and viewpoint changes, modality discrepancy produced by cameras of the different spectrum also exists, which makes RGB-infrared ReID more difficult. To address this problem, we focus on extracting the shared cross-spectrum features of different modalities. In this paper, a novel multi-spectrum image generation method is proposed and the generated samples are utilized to help the network to find discriminative information for re-identifying the same person across modalities. Another challenge of RGB-infrared ReID is that the intra-person (images from the same person) discrepancy is often larger than the inter-person (images from different persons) discrepancy, so a dual-subspace pairing strategy is proposed to alleviate this problem. Combining those two parts together, we also design a one-stream neural network combining the aforementioned methods to extract compact representations of person images, called Cross-spectrum Dual-subspace Pairing (CDP) model. Furthermore, during the training process, we also propose a Dynamic Hard Spectrum Mining method to automatically mine more hard samples from hard spectrum based on the current model state to further boost the performance. Extensive experimental results on two public datasets, SYSU-MM01 with RGB + near-infrared images and RegDB with RGB + far-infrared images, have demonstrated the efficiency and generality of our proposed method.

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STNReID : Deep Convolutional Networks with Pairwise Spatial Transformer Networks for Partial Person Re-identification

Mar 17, 2019
Hao Luo, Xing Fan, Chi Zhang, Wei Jiang

Partial person re-identification (ReID) is a challenging task because only partial information of person images is available for matching target persons. Few studies, especially on deep learning, have focused on matching partial person images with holistic person images. This study presents a novel deep partial ReID framework based on pairwise spatial transformer networks (STNReID), which can be trained on existing holistic person datasets. STNReID includes a spatial transformer network (STN) module and a ReID module. The STN module samples an affined image (a semantically corresponding patch) from the holistic image to match the partial image. The ReID module extracts the features of the holistic, partial, and affined images. Competition (or confrontation) is observed between the STN module and the ReID module, and two-stage training is applied to acquire a strong STNReID for partial ReID. Experimental results show that our STNReID obtains 66.7% and 54.6% rank-1 accuracies on partial ReID and partial iLIDS datasets, respectively. These values are at par with those obtained with state-of-the-art methods.

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SphereReID: Deep Hypersphere Manifold Embedding for Person Re-Identification

Jul 02, 2018
Xing Fan, Wei Jiang, Hao Luo, Mengjuan Fei

Many current successful Person Re-Identification(ReID) methods train a model with the softmax loss function to classify images of different persons and obtain the feature vectors at the same time. However, the underlying feature embedding space is ignored. In this paper, we use a modified softmax function, termed Sphere Softmax, to solve the classification problem and learn a hypersphere manifold embedding simultaneously. A balanced sampling strategy is also introduced. Finally, we propose a convolutional neural network called SphereReID adopting Sphere Softmax and training a single model end-to-end with a new warming-up learning rate schedule on four challenging datasets including Market-1501, DukeMTMC-reID, CHHK-03, and CUHK-SYSU. Experimental results demonstrate that this single model outperforms the state-of-the-art methods on all four datasets without fine-tuning or re-ranking. For example, it achieves 94.4% rank-1 accuracy on Market-1501 and 83.9% rank-1 accuracy on DukeMTMC-reID. The code and trained weights of our model will be released.

* Contribute to Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation 

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Transfer Learning for Neural Semantic Parsing

Jun 14, 2017
Xing Fan, Emilio Monti, Lambert Mathias, Markus Dreyer

The goal of semantic parsing is to map natural language to a machine interpretable meaning representation language (MRL). One of the constraints that limits full exploration of deep learning technologies for semantic parsing is the lack of sufficient annotation training data. In this paper, we propose using sequence-to-sequence in a multi-task setup for semantic parsing with a focus on transfer learning. We explore three multi-task architectures for sequence-to-sequence modeling and compare their performance with an independently trained model. Our experiments show that the multi-task setup aids transfer learning from an auxiliary task with large labeled data to a target task with smaller labeled data. We see absolute accuracy gains ranging from 1.0% to 4.4% in our in- house data set, and we also see good gains ranging from 2.5% to 7.0% on the ATIS semantic parsing tasks with syntactic and semantic auxiliary tasks.

* Accepted for ACL Repl4NLP 2017 

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Diagnosability of Fuzzy Discrete Event Systems

Dec 18, 2006
Fuchun Liu, Daowen Qiu, Hongyan Xing, Zhujun Fan

In order to more effectively cope with the real-world problems of vagueness, {\it fuzzy discrete event systems} (FDESs) were proposed recently, and the supervisory control theory of FDESs was developed. In view of the importance of failure diagnosis, in this paper, we present an approach of the failure diagnosis in the framework of FDESs. More specifically: (1) We formalize the definition of diagnosability for FDESs, in which the observable set and failure set of events are {\it fuzzy}, that is, each event has certain degree to be observable and unobservable, and, also, each event may possess different possibility of failure occurring. (2) Through the construction of observability-based diagnosers of FDESs, we investigate its some basic properties. In particular, we present a necessary and sufficient condition for diagnosability of FDESs. (3) Some examples serving to illuminate the applications of the diagnosability of FDESs are described. To conclude, some related issues are raised for further consideration.

* 14 pages; revisions have been made 

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Decentralized Failure Diagnosis of Stochastic Discrete Event Systems

Oct 30, 2006
Fuchun Liu, Daowen Qiu, Hongyan Xing, Zhujun Fan

Recently, the diagnosability of {\it stochastic discrete event systems} (SDESs) was investigated in the literature, and, the failure diagnosis considered was {\it centralized}. In this paper, we propose an approach to {\it decentralized} failure diagnosis of SDESs, where the stochastic system uses multiple local diagnosers to detect failures and each local diagnoser possesses its own information. In a way, the centralized failure diagnosis of SDESs can be viewed as a special case of the decentralized failure diagnosis presented in this paper with only one projection. The main contributions are as follows: (1) We formalize the notion of codiagnosability for stochastic automata, which means that a failure can be detected by at least one local stochastic diagnoser within a finite delay. (2) We construct a codiagnoser from a given stochastic automaton with multiple projections, and the codiagnoser associated with the local diagnosers is used to test codiagnosability condition of SDESs. (3) We deal with a number of basic properties of the codiagnoser. In particular, a necessary and sufficient condition for the codiagnosability of SDESs is presented. (4) We give a computing method in detail to check whether codiagnosability is violated. And (5) some examples are described to illustrate the applications of the codiagnosability and its computing method.

* IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 53 (2) (2008) 535-546. 
* 25 pages. Comments and criticisms are welcome 

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Pre-Training for Query Rewriting in A Spoken Language Understanding System

Feb 13, 2020
Zheng Chen, Xing Fan, Yuan Ling, Lambert Mathias, Chenlei Guo

Query rewriting (QR) is an increasingly important technique to reduce customer friction caused by errors in a spoken language understanding pipeline, where the errors originate from various sources such as speech recognition errors, language understanding errors or entity resolution errors. In this work, we first propose a neural-retrieval based approach for query rewriting. Then, inspired by the wide success of pre-trained contextual language embeddings, and also as a way to compensate for insufficient QR training data, we propose a language-modeling (LM) based approach to pre-train query embeddings on historical user conversation data with a voice assistant. In addition, we propose to use the NLU hypotheses generated by the language understanding system to augment the pre-training. Our experiments show pre-training provides rich prior information and help the QR task achieve strong performance. We also show joint pre-training with NLU hypotheses has further benefit. Finally, after pre-training, we find a small set of rewrite pairs is enough to fine-tune the QR model to outperform a strong baseline by full training on all QR training data.

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SCPNet: Spatial-Channel Parallelism Network for Joint Holistic and Partial Person Re-Identification

Oct 16, 2018
Xing Fan, Hao Luo, Xuan Zhang, Lingxiao He, Chi Zhang, Wei Jiang

Holistic person re-identification (ReID) has received extensive study in the past few years and achieves impressive progress. However, persons are often occluded by obstacles or other persons in practical scenarios, which makes partial person re-identification non-trivial. In this paper, we propose a spatial-channel parallelism network (SCPNet) in which each channel in the ReID feature pays attention to a given spatial part of the body. The spatial-channel corresponding relationship supervises the network to learn discriminative feature for both holistic and partial person re-identification. The single model trained on four holistic ReID datasets achieves competitive accuracy on these four datasets, as well as outperforms the state-of-the-art methods on two partial ReID datasets without training.

* accepted by ACCV 2018 

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Knowledge Distillation from Internal Representations

Oct 08, 2019
Gustavo Aguilar, Yuan Ling, Yu Zhang, Benjamin Yao, Xing Fan, Edward Guo

Knowledge distillation is typically conducted by training a small model (the student) to mimic a large and cumbersome model (the teacher). The idea is to compress the knowledge from the teacher by using its output probabilities as soft-labels to optimize the student. However, when the teacher is considerably large, there is no guarantee that the internal knowledge of the teacher will be transferred into the student; even if the student closely matches the soft-labels, its internal representations may be considerably different. This internal mismatch can undermine the generalization capabilities originally intended to be transferred from the teacher to the student. In this paper, we propose to distill the internal representations of a large model such as BERT into a simplified version of it. We formulate two ways to distill such representations and various algorithms to conduct the distillation. We experiment with datasets from the GLUE benchmark and consistently show that adding knowledge distillation from internal representations is a more powerful method than only using soft-label distillation.

* Under review 

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EGNet:Edge Guidance Network for Salient Object Detection

Aug 22, 2019
Jia-Xing Zhao, Jiangjiang Liu, Den-Ping Fan, Yang Cao, Jufeng Yang, Ming-Ming Cheng

Fully convolutional neural networks (FCNs) have shown their advantages in the salient object detection task. However, most existing FCNs-based methods still suffer from coarse object boundaries. In this paper, to solve this problem, we focus on the complementarity between salient edge information and salient object information. Accordingly, we present an edge guidance network (EGNet) for salient object detection with three steps to simultaneously model these two kinds of complementary information in a single network. In the first step, we extract the salient object features by a progressive fusion way. In the second step, we integrate the local edge information and global location information to obtain the salient edge features. Finally, to sufficiently leverage these complementary features, we couple the same salient edge features with salient object features at various resolutions. Benefiting from the rich edge information and location information in salient edge features, the fused features can help locate salient objects, especially their boundaries more accurately. Experimental results demonstrate that the proposed method performs favorably against the state-of-the-art methods on six widely used datasets without any pre-processing and post-processing. The source code is available at http: //

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UDD: An Underwater Open-sea Farm Object Detection Dataset for Underwater Robot Picking

Mar 03, 2020
Zhihui Wang, Chongwei Liu, Shijie Wang, Tao Tang, Yulong Tao, Caifei Yang, Haojie Li, Xing Liu, Xin Fan

To promote the development of underwater robot picking in sea farms, we propose an underwater open-sea farm object detection dataset called UDD. Concretely, UDD consists of 3 categories (seacucumber, seaurchin, and scallop) with 2227 images. To the best of our knowledge, it's the first dataset collected in a real open-sea farm for underwater robot picking and we also propose a novel Poisson-blending-embedded Generative Adversarial Network (Poisson GAN) to overcome the class-imbalance and massive small objects issues in UDD. By utilizing Poisson GAN to change the number, position, even size of objects in UDD, we construct a large scale augmented dataset (AUDD) containing 18K images. Besides, in order to make the detector better adapted to the underwater picking environment, a dataset (Pre-trained dataset) for pre-training containing 590K images is also proposed. Finally, we design a lightweight network (UnderwaterNet) to address the problems that detecting small objects from cloudy underwater pictures and meeting the efficiency requirements in robots. Specifically, we design a depth-wise-convolution-based Multi-scale Contextual Features Fusion (MFF) block and a Multi-scale Blursampling (MBP) module to reduce the parameters of the network to 1.3M at 48FPS, without any loss on accuracy. Extensive experiments verify the effectiveness of the proposed UnderwaterNet, Poisson GAN, UDD, AUDD, and Pre-trained datasets.

* 10 pages, 9 figures 

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AlignedReID: Surpassing Human-Level Performance in Person Re-Identification

Jan 31, 2018
Xuan Zhang, Hao Luo, Xing Fan, Weilai Xiang, Yixiao Sun, Qiqi Xiao, Wei Jiang, Chi Zhang, Jian Sun

In this paper, we propose a novel method called AlignedReID that extracts a global feature which is jointly learned with local features. Global feature learning benefits greatly from local feature learning, which performs an alignment/matching by calculating the shortest path between two sets of local features, without requiring extra supervision. After the joint learning, we only keep the global feature to compute the similarities between images. Our method achieves rank-1 accuracy of 94.4% on Market1501 and 97.8% on CUHK03, outperforming state-of-the-art methods by a large margin. We also evaluate human-level performance and demonstrate that our method is the first to surpass human-level performance on Market1501 and CUHK03, two widely used Person ReID datasets.

* 9 pages, 8 figures 

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Fully-automatic segmentation of kidneys in clinical ultrasound images using a boundary distance regression network

Jan 05, 2019
Shi Yin, Zhengqiang Zhang, Hongming Li, Qinmu Peng, Xinge You, Susan L. Furth, Gregory E. Tasian, Yong Fan

It remains challenging to automatically segment kidneys in clinical ultrasound images due to the kidneys' varied shapes and image intensity distributions, although semi-automatic methods have achieved promising performance. In this study, we developed a novel boundary distance regression deep neural network to segment the kidneys, informed by the fact that the kidney boundaries are relatively consistent across images in terms of their appearance. Particularly, we first use deep neural networks pre-trained for classification of natural images to extract high-level image features from ultrasound images, then these feature maps are used as input to learn kidney boundary distance maps using a boundary distance regression network, and finally the predicted boundary distance maps are classified as kidney pixels or non-kidney pixels using a pixel classification network in an end-to-end learning fashion. Experimental results have demonstrated that our method could effectively improve the performance of automatic kidney segmentation, significantly better than deep learning based pixel classification networks.

* 4 pages. arXiv admin note: substantial text overlap with arXiv:1811.04815 

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Subsequent Boundary Distance Regression and Pixelwise Classification Networks for Automatic Kidney Segmentation in Ultrasound Images

Nov 12, 2018
Shi Yin, Qinmu Peng, Hongming Li, Zhengqiang Zhang, Xinge You, Susan L. Furth, Gregory E. Tasian, Yong Fan

It remains challenging to automatically segment kidneys in clinical ultrasound (US) images due to the kidneys' varied shapes and image intensity distributions, although semi-automatic methods have achieved promising performance. In this study, we propose subsequent boundary distance regression and pixel classification networks to segment the kidneys, informed by the fact that the kidney boundaries have relatively homogenous texture patterns across images. Particularly, we first use deep neural networks pre-trained for classification of natural images to extract high-level image features from US images, then these features are used as input to learn kidney boundary distance maps using a boundary distance regression network, and finally the predicted boundary distance maps are classified as kidney pixels or non-kidney pixels using a pixel classification network in an end-to-end learning fashion. We also proposed a novel data-augmentation method based on kidney shape registration to generate enriched training data from a small number of US images with manually segmented kidney labels. Experimental results have demonstrated that our method could effectively improve the performance of automatic kidney segmentation, significantly better than deep learning based pixel classification networks.

* 10 pages, 13 figures, journal 

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Rethinking RGB-D Salient Object Detection: Models, Datasets, and Large-Scale Benchmarks

Jul 15, 2019
Deng-Ping Fan, Zheng Lin, Jia-Xing Zhao, Yun Liu, Zhao Zhang, Qibin Hou, Menglong Zhu, Ming-Ming Cheng

The use of RGB-D information for salient object detection has been explored in recent years. However, relatively few efforts have been spent in modeling salient object detection over real-world human activity scenes with RGB-D. In this work, we fill the gap by making the following contributions to RGB-D salient object detection. First, we carefully collect a new salient person (SIP) dataset, which consists of 1K high-resolution images that cover diverse real-world scenes from various viewpoints, poses, occlusion, illumination, and background. Second, we conduct a large-scale and so far the most comprehensive benchmark comparing contemporary methods, which has long been missing in the area and can serve as a baseline for future research. We systematically summarized 31 popular models, evaluated 17 state-of-the-art methods over seven datasets with totally about 91K images. Third, we propose a simple baseline architecture, called Deep Depth-Depurator Network (D3Net). It consists of a depth depurator unit and a feature learning module, performing initial low-quality depth map filtering and cross-modal feature learning respectively. These components form a nested structure and are elaborately designed to be learned jointly. D3Net exceeds the performance of any prior contenders across five metrics considered, thus serves as a strong baseline to advance the research frontier. We also demonstrate that D3Net can be used to efficiently extract salient person masks from the real scenes, enabling effective background changed book cover application with 20 fps on a single GPU. All the saliency maps, our new SIP dataset, baseline model, and evaluation tools are made publicly available at

* 15 pages 

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Chemi-net: a graph convolutional network for accurate drug property prediction

Mar 21, 2018
Ke Liu, Xiangyan Sun, Lei Jia, Jun Ma, Haoming Xing, Junqiu Wu, Hua Gao, Yax Sun, Florian Boulnois, Jie Fan

Absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) studies are critical for drug discovery. Conventionally, these tasks, together with other chemical property predictions, rely on domain-specific feature descriptors, or fingerprints. Following the recent success of neural networks, we developed Chemi-Net, a completely data-driven, domain knowledge-free, deep learning method for ADME property prediction. To compare the relative performance of Chemi-Net with Cubist, one of the popular machine learning programs used by Amgen, a large-scale ADME property prediction study was performed on-site at Amgen. The results showed that our deep neural network method improved current methods by a large margin. We foresee that the significantly increased accuracy of ADME prediction seen with Chemi-Net over Cubist will greatly accelerate drug discovery.

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A cascaded dual-domain deep learning reconstruction method for sparsely spaced multidetector helical CT

Oct 23, 2019
Ao Zheng, Hewei Gao, Li Zhang, Yuxiang Xing

Helical CT has been widely used in clinical diagnosis. Sparsely spaced multidetector in z direction can increase the coverage of the detector provided limited detector rows. It can speed up volumetric CT scan, lower the radiation dose and reduce motion artifacts. However, it leads to insufficient data for reconstruction. That means reconstructions from general analytical methods will have severe artifacts. Iterative reconstruction methods might be able to deal with this situation but with the cost of huge computational load. In this work, we propose a cascaded dual-domain deep learning method that completes both data transformation in projection domain and error reduction in image domain. First, a convolutional neural network (CNN) in projection domain is constructed to estimate missing helical projection data and converting helical projection data to 2D fan-beam projection data. This step is to suppress helical artifacts and reduce the following computational cost. Then, an analytical linear operator is followed to transfer the data from projection domain to image domain. Finally, an image domain CNN is added to improve image quality further. These three steps work as an entirety and can be trained end to end. The overall network is trained using a simulated lung CT dataset with Poisson noise from 25 patients. We evaluate the trained network on another three patients and obtain very encouraging results with both visual examination and quantitative comparison. The resulting RRMSE is 6.56% and the SSIM is 99.60%. In addition, we test the trained network on the lung CT dataset with different noise level and a new dental CT dataset to demonstrate the generalization and robustness of our method.

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Solving Inverse Wave Scattering with Deep Learning

Nov 27, 2019
Yuwei Fan, Lexing Ying

This paper proposes a neural network approach for solving two classical problems in the two-dimensional inverse wave scattering: far field pattern problem and seismic imaging. The mathematical problem of inverse wave scattering is to recover the scatterer field of a medium based on the boundary measurement of the scattered wave from the medium, which is high-dimensional and nonlinear. For the far field pattern problem under the circular experimental setup, a perturbative analysis shows that the forward map can be approximated by a vectorized convolution operator in the angular direction. Motivated by this and filtered back-projection, we propose an effective neural network architecture for the inverse map using the recently introduced BCR-Net along with the standard convolution layers. Analogously for the seismic imaging problem, we propose a similar neural network architecture under the rectangular domain setup with a depth-dependent background velocity. Numerical results demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed neural networks.

* 17 pages, 11 figures. arXiv admin note: substantial text overlap with arXiv:1911.11636 

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