Incremental Generalized Category Discovery
Bingchen Zhao1
Oisin Mac Aodha1
1University of Edinburgh


We explore the problem of Incremental Generalized Category Discovery (IGCD). This is a challenging category incremental learning setting where the goal is to develop models that can correctly categorize images from previously seen categories, in addition to discovering novel ones. Learning is performed over a series of time steps where the model obtains new labeled and unlabeled data, and discards old data, at each iteration. The difficulty of the problem is compounded in our generalized setting as the unlabeled data can contain images from categories that may or may not have been observed before. We present a new method for IGCD which combines non-parametric categorization with efficient image sampling to mitigate catastrophic forgetting. To quantify performance, we propose a new benchmark dataset named iNatIGCD that is motivated by a real-world fine-grained visual categorization task. In our experiments we outperform existing related methods.


    		author    = {Zhao, Bingchen and Mac Aodha, Oisin},
    		title     = {Incremental Generalized Category Discovery},
    		booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
    		month     = {October},
    		year      = {2023},
    		pages     = {19137-19147}

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