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Re-Identification Transformer

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SWIN Transformer based Re-Identification network to generate embeddings for identifying persons in different scenes.
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January 26, 2024
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ReIdentificationNet Transformer Model Card

Model Overview

The model described in this card is a re-identification network based on the transformer architecture. It aims to generate embeddings for identifying objects captured in different scenes. A pre-trained ReIdentificationNet Transformer model based on public datasets is delivered. The model is trained on 751 unique IDs from the Market-1501 dataset and 156 unique IDs from the MTMC people tracking dataset of the 2023 AI City Challenge, where 148 of the IDs are synthetic.

Model Architecture

The model backbone is a SWIN Transformer at its core. It processes images in a non-overlapping window fashion, using self-attention to learn both local and global features. By adjusting window sizes and positions across layers, the model captures essential hierarchical representations. This backbone is trained using the training tricks from SOLIDER.

The ReIdentificationNet Transformer takes cropped images of objects as input and generates embeddings as output.


The training algorithm optimizes the network to minimize the triplet loss, center loss and cross entropy loss.

Training Data

The model is trained on the Market-1501 dataset with 751 annotated people and a sampled version of the MTMC people tracking dataset of the 2023 AI City Challenge with 156 annotated people. The dataset statistics are as follows:

  • Class distribution:

    subset no. total identities no. total images no. total cameras no. real identities no. real images no. real cameras no. synthetic identities no. synthetic images no. synthetic cameras
    Train 907 44070 135 759 14537 13 148 29533 122
    Test 907 28768 135 759 21163 13 148 7605 122
    Query 906 4356 135 758 3539 13 148 817 122

Data Format

The data format must be in the following format.


The dataset should be divided into different directories by train, test and query folders. Each of these folders will contain image crops with the above naming scheme.

For example:, the image 0001_c1s1_01_00.jpg is the first sequence s1 of camera c1. 01 is the first frame in the sequence c1s1. 0001 in 0001_c1s1_01_00.jpg is the unique ID assigned to the object. Data after the third _ are ignored.


Test Data

As shown in the class distribution table above, the test set contains the same identities of the query set. The goal is to identify test samples of the same identities for each query.

Methodology and KPI

The key performance indicators are the ranked accuracy of re-identification and the mean average precision (mAP).

Rank-K accuracy: It is method of computing accuracy where the top-K highest confidence labels are matched with a ground truth label. If the ground truth label falls in one of these top-K labels, we state that this prediction is accurate. It allows us to get an overall accuracy measurement while being lenient on the predictions if the number of classes are too high and too similar. In our case, we compute rank-1, 5 and 10 accuracies. This means in case of rank-10, for a given sample, if the top-10 highest confidence labels predicted, match the label of ground truth, this sample will be counted as a correct measurement.

Mean average precision(mAP): Precision measures how accurate predictions are, in our case the logits of ID of an object. In other words, it measures the percentage of the predictions that are correct. mAP (mean average precision) is the average of average precision (AP) where AP is computed for each class, in our case ID.

The following scores are for models trained on Market1501 and AI City Challenge 2023 datasets. Evaluation is performed on the Market1501 dataset.

model feature dimension mAP (%) rank-1 accuracy (%) rank-5 accuracy (%) rank-10 accuracy (%)
swin_tiny_market1501_aicity156_featuredim256 256 93.3% 95.3% 97.9% 98.6%
swin_base_market1501_aicity156_featuredim256 256 93.4% 95.3% 98.0% 98.4%
swin_base_market1501_aicity156_featuredim1024 1024 94.6% 96.2% 98.3% 98.8%

How to use this model

This model needs to be used with NVIDIA Hardware and Software. For Hardware, the model can run on any NVIDIA GPU including NVIDIA Jetson devices. This model can only be used with Train Adapt Optimize (TAO) Toolkit, DeepStream SDK or TensorRT.

Primary use case intended for this model is to generate embeddings for an object and then perform similarity matching.

The following pre-trained models are provided:

  • swin_tiny_market1501_aicity156
  • swin_base_market1501_aicity156

It is intended for training and fine-tune using Train Adapt Optimize (TAO) Toolkit and the users' dataset of re-identification. High fidelity models can be trained to the new use cases. The Jupyter notebook available as a part of TAO container can be used to re-train.

The model is also intended for easy deployment to the edge using DeepStream SDK or TensorRT. DeepStream provides facility to create efficient video analytic pipelines to capture, decode and pre-process the data before running inference.

Please make sure to use this as the key for all TAO commands that require a model load key.

  • Model load key: nvidia_tao


B X 3 X 256 X 128 (B C H W)


The feature embedding

Instructions to use the model with TAO toolkit

In order to use the model as pre-trained weights for transfer learning, please use the snippet below as a template for the model component of the experiment spec file to train a ReIdentificationNet Transformer. For more information on experiment spec file, please refer to the Train Adapt Optimize (TAO) Toolkit User Guide.

  backbone: swin_tiny_patch4_window7_224
  last_stride: 1
  pretrain_choice: self
  pretrained_model_path: /path/to/swintiny_pretrained.pth
  input_channels: 3
  input_width: 128
  input_height: 256
  neck: bnneck
  stride_size: [16, 16]
  reduce_feat_dim: True
  feat_dim: 256
  no_margin: True
  neck_feat: after
  metric_loss_type: triplet
  with_center_loss: False
  with_flip_feature: False
  label_smooth: False
  pretrain_hw_ratio: 2 


NVIDIA ReIdnetificationNet Transformer is trained on the Market-1501 dataset with 751 unique person classes and a sampled version of the MTMC people tracking dataset of the 2023 AI City Challenge with 156 unique person classes. It is expected that the accuracy of the model on external images is not at the same level as the number reported in performance section.

In general, to get better accuracy, more labeled data are needed to fine-tune the pre-trained model through TAO Toolkit.

Model versions:

  • trainable_v1.0 - Pre-trained model for re-identification transformer.
  • deployable_v1.0 - Model for re-identification transformer deployable to DeepStream or TensorRT.



  • W. Chen, X. Xu, J. Jia, H. Luo, Y. Wang, F. Wang, R. Jin, and X. Sun, "Beyond Appearance: a Semantic Controllable Self-Supervised Learning Framework for Human-Centric Visual Tasks," 2023 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2023.
  • S. He, H. Luo, P. Wang, F. Wang, H. Li, and W. Jiang, "TransReID: Transformer-Based Object Re-Identification," 2021 IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), October 2021, pp. 15013-15022.
  • H. Luo, Y. Gu, X. Liao, S. Lai and W. Jiang, "Bag of Tricks and a Strong Baseline for Deep Person Re-Identification," 2019 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops (CVPRW), 2019, 1 pp. 1487-1495, doi: 10.1109/CVPRW.2019.00190.
  • L. Zheng, L. Shen, L. Tian, S. Wang, J. Wang and Q. Tian, "Scalable Person Re-identification: A Benchmark," 2015 IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2015, pp. 1116-1124, doi: 10.1109/ICCV.2015.133.
  • M. Naphade, S. Wang, D. C. Anastasiu, Z. Tang, M.-C. Chang, Y. Yao, L. Zheng, M. S. Rahman, M. S. Arya, A. Sharma, Q. Feng, V. Ablavsky, S. Sclaroff, P. Chakraborty, S. Prajapati, A. Li, S. Li, K. Kunadharaju, S. Jiang and R. Chellappa, "The 7th AI City Challenge," in 2023 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops (CVPRW), 2023.

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NVIDIA ReIdentificationNet Transformer model creates embeddings for identifying objects captured in different scenes.

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