Deep cross-modality adaptation via semantics preserving adversarial learning for sketch-based 3D shape retrieval

Jiaxin Chen, Yi Fang

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Due to the large cross-modality discrepancy between 2D sketches and 3D shapes, retrieving 3D shapes by sketches is a significantly challenging task. To address this problem, we propose a novel framework to learn a discriminative deep cross-modality adaptation model in this paper. Specifically, we first separately adopt two metric networks, following two deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs), to learn modality-specific discriminative features based on an importance-aware metric learning method. Subsequently, we explicitly introduce a cross-modality transformation network to compensate for the divergence between two modalities, which can transfer features of 2D sketches to the feature space of 3D shapes. We develop an adversarial learning based method to train the transformation model, by simultaneously enhancing the holistic correlations between data distributions of two modalities, and mitigating the local semantic divergences through minimizing a cross-modality mean discrepancy term. Experimental results on the SHREC 2013 and SHREC 2014 datasets clearly show the superior retrieval performance of our proposed model, compared to the state-of-the-art approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Vision – ECCV 2018 - 15th European Conference, 2018, Proceedings
EditorsVittorio Ferrari, Cristian Sminchisescu, Yair Weiss, Martial Hebert
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783030012601
StatePublished - 2018
Event15th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2018 - Munich, Germany
Duration: Sep 8 2018Sep 14 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11217 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other15th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2018


  • Adversarial learning
  • Cross-modality transformation
  • Importance-aware metric learning
  • Sketch-based 3D shape retrieval

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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