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Style augmentation: data augmentation via style randomization

Lookup NU author(s): Phillip Jackson, Dr Amir Atapour AbarghoueiORCiD, Stephen Bonner, Professor Boguslaw ObaraORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by CVF, 2019.

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We introduce style augmentation, a new form of data augmentation based on random style transfer, for improving the robustness of Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) over both classification and regression based tasks. During training, style augmentation randomizes texture, contrast and color, while preserving shape and semantic content. This is accomplished by adapting an arbitrary style transfer network to perform style randomization, by sampling target style embeddings from a multivariate normal distribution instead of computing them from a style image. In addition to standard classification experiments, we investigate the effect of style augmentation (and data augmentation generally) on domain transfer tasks. We find that data augmentation significantly improves robustness to domain shift, and can be used as a simple, domain agnostic alternative to domain adaptation. Comparing style augmentation against a mix of seven traditional augmentation techniques, we find that it can be readily combined with them to improve network performance. We validate the efficacy of our technique with domain transfer experiments in classification and monocular depth estimation illustrating superior performance over benchmark tasks.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Jackson P, Atapour-Abarghouei A, Bonner S, Breckon TP, Obara B

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: CVPR Workshop 2019

Year of Conference: 2019

Online publication date: 16/06/2019

Acceptance date: 12/11/2019

Date deposited: 06/02/2021

Publisher: CVF