Keywords: multi-modal learning, audio-visual learning, self-supervised learning, masked autoencoder, contrastive learning
TL;DR: We propose the Contrastive Audio-Visual Masked Auto-Encoder that combines contrastive learning and masked data modeling, two major self-supervised learning frameworks, to learn a joint and coordinated audio-visual representation.
Abstract: In this paper, we first extend the recent Masked Auto-Encoder (MAE) model from a single modality to audio-visual multi-modalities. Subsequently, we propose the Contrastive Audio-Visual Masked Auto-Encoder (CAV-MAE) by combining contrastive learning and masked data modeling, two major self-supervised learning frameworks, to learn a joint and coordinated audio-visual representation. Our experiments show that the contrastive audio-visual correspondence learning objective not only enables the model to perform audio-visual retrieval tasks, but also helps the model learn a better joint representation. As a result, our fully self-supervised pretrained CAV-MAE achieves a new SOTA accuracy of 65.9% on VGGSound, and is comparable with the previous best supervised pretrained model on AudioSet in the audio-visual event classification task. Code and pretrained models are at https://github.com/yuangongnd/cav-mae.
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