Cyclic orthogonal convolutions for long-range integration of featuresDownload PDF

Published: 02 Nov 2021, Last Modified: 03 Jul 2024SVRHM 2021 PosterReaders: Everyone
Keywords: Architectures, deep learning, computer vision, convolutions
TL;DR: A novel biologically inspired convolutional architecture enabling long-rang integration of features
Abstract: In Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) information flows across a small neighbourhood of each pixel of an image, preventing long-range integration of features before reaching deep layers in the network. Inspired by the neurons of the human visual cortex responding to similar but distant visual features, we propose a novel architecture that allows efficient information flow between features $z$ and locations $(x,y)$ across the entire image with a small number of layers. This architecture uses a cycle of three orthogonal convolutions, not only in $(x,y)$ coordinates, but also in $(x,z)$ and $(y,z)$ coordinates. We stack a sequence of such cycles to obtain our deep network, named CycleNet. When compared to CNNs of similar size, our model obtains competitive results at image classification on CIFAR-10 and ImageNet datasets. We hypothesise that long-range integration favours recognition of objects by shape rather than texture, and we show that CycleNet transfers better than CNNs to stylised images. On the Pathfinder challenge, where integration of distant features is crucial, CycleNet outperforms CNNs by a large margin. Code has been made available at:
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