Unsupervised Generation of Free-Form and Parameterized Avatars

TPAMI: SI: ICCV

By: Adam Polyak, Yaniv Taigman, Lior Wolf

Abstract

We study two problems involving the task of mapping images between different domains. The first problem, transfers an image in one domain to an analog image in another domain. The second problem, extends the previous one by mapping an input image to a tied pair, consisting of a vector of parameters and an image that is created using a graphical engine from this vector of parameters. Similar to the first problem, the mapping’s objective is to have the output image as similar as possible to the input image. In both cases, no supervision is given during training in the form of matching inputs and outputs.

We compare the two unsupervised learning problems to the problem of unsupervised domain adaptation, define generalization bounds that are based on discrepancy, and employ a GAN to implement network solutions that correspond to these bounds. Experimentally, our methods are shown to solve the problem of automatically creating avatars.