Multi-Task Curriculum Learning for Partially Labeled Data

Won Dong Jang*, Stanislav Lukyanenko, Donglai Wei, Jiancheng Yang, Brian Leahy, Helen Yang, Dalit Ben-Yosef, Daniel Needleman, Hanspeter Pfister

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Incomplete labels are common in multi-task learning for biomedical applications due to several practical difficulties, e.g., expensive annotation efforts by experts, limit of data collection, different sources of data. A naive approach to enable joint learning for partially labeled data is adding self-supervised learning for tasks without ground truths by augmenting an input image and forcing the multi-task model to return the same outputs for both the input and augmented images. However, the partially labeled setting can result in imbalanced learning of tasks since not all tasks are trainable with ground truth supervisions for each data sample. In this work, we propose a multi-task curriculum learning method tailored for partially labeled data. For balanced learning of tasks, our multitask curriculum prioritizes less performing tasks during training by setting different supervised learning frequencies for each task. We demonstrate that our method outperforms standard approaches on one biomedical and two natural image datasets. Furthermore, our learning method with partially labeled data performs better than the standard multi-task learning methods with fully labeled data for the same number of annotations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2023
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781665473583
StatePublished - 2023
Event20th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2023 - Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 18 Apr 202321 Apr 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging
ISSN (Print)1945-7928
ISSN (Electronic)1945-8452


Conference20th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, ISBI 2023


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