Network-to-Network Translation with Conditional Invertible Neural Networks

TitleNetwork-to-Network Translation with Conditional Invertible Neural Networks
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsRombach, R, Esser, P, Ommer, B
Conference NameThirty-fourth Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS)

Combining stimuli from diverse modalities into a coherent perception is a striking feat of intelligence of evolved brains. This work seeks its analogy in deep learning models and aims to establish relations between existing networks by faithfully combining the representations of these different domains. Therefore, we seek a model that can relate between different existing representations by learning a conditionally invertible mapping between them. The network demonstrates this capability by (i) providing generic transfer between diverse domains, (ii) enabling controlled content synthesis by allowing modification in other domains, and (iii) facilitating diagnosis of existing representations by translating them into an easily accessible domain. Our domain transfer network can translate between fixed representations without having to learn or finetune them. This allows users to utilize various existing domain-specific expert models from the literature that had been trained with extensive computational resources. Experiments on diverse conditional image synthesis tasks, competitive image modification results and experiments on image-to-image and text-to-image generation demonstrate the generic applicability of our approach. In particular, we translate between BERT and BigGAN, state-of-the-art text and image models to provide text-to-image generation, which neither of both experts can perform on their own.

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