Purdue University Graduate School


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posted on 2022-07-12, 16:02 authored by Qucheng PengQucheng Peng

Domain adaptation is one of the hottest directions in solving annotation insufficiency problem of deep learning. General domain adaptation is not consistent with the practical scenarios in the industry. In this thesis, we focus on two concerns as below.


  First is that labeled data are generally collected from multiple domains. In other words, multi-source adaptation is a more common situation. Simply extending these single-source approaches to the multi-source cases could cause sub-optimal inference, so specialized multi-source adaptation methods are essential. The main challenge in the multi-source scenario is a more complex divergence situation. Not only the divergence between target and each source plays a role, but the divergences among distinct sources matter as well. However, the significance of maintaining consistency among multiple sources didn't gain enough attention in previous work. In this thesis, we propose an Enhanced Consistency Multi-Source Adaptation (EC-MSA) framework to address it from three perspectives. First, we mitigate feature-level discrepancy by cross-domain conditional alignment, narrowing the divergence between each source and target domain class-wisely. Second, we enhance multi-source consistency via dual mix-up, diminishing the disagreements among different sources. Third, we deploy a target distilling mechanism to handle the uncertainty of target prediction, aiming to provide high-quality pseudo-labeled target samples to benefit the previous two aspects. Extensive experiments are conducted on several common benchmark datasets and demonstrate that our model outperforms the state-of-the-art methods.


  Second is that data privacy and security is necessary in practice. That is, we hope to keep the raw data stored locally while can still obtain a satisfied model. In such a case, the risk of data leakage greatly decreases. Therefore, it is natural for us to combine the federated learning paradigm with domain adaptation. Under the source-private setting, the main challenge for us is to expose information from the source domain to the target domain while make sure that the communication process is safe enough. In this thesis, we propose a method named Fourier Transform-Assisted Federated Domain Adaptation (FTA-FDA) to alleviate the difficulties in two ways. We apply Fast Fourier Transform to the raw data and transfer only the amplitude spectra during the communication. Then frequency space interpolations between these two domains are conducted, minimizing the discrepancies while ensuring the contact of them and keeping raw data safe. What's more, we make prototype alignments by using the model weights together with target features, trying to reduce the discrepancy in the class level. Experiments on Office-31 demonstrate the effectiveness and competitiveness of our approach, and further analyses prove that our algorithm can help protect privacy and security.


Degree Type

  • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

Campus location

  • Indianapolis

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Lingxi Li

Additional Committee Member 2

Zhengming Ding

Additional Committee Member 3

Qingxue Zhang

Additional Committee Member 4

Brian King