Transfer Learning by Reusing Structured Knowledge

  • Qiang Yang Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Vincent W. Zheng Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Bin Li Institute TELECOM SudParis
  • Hankz Hankui Zhuo Sun Yat-sen University


Transfer learning aims to solve new learning problems by extracting and making use of the common knowledge found in related domains. A key element of transfer learning is to identify structured knowledge to enable the knowledge transfer. Structured knowledge comes in different forms, depending on the nature of the learning problem and characteristics of the domains. In this article, we describe three of our recent works on transfer learning in a progressively more sophisticated order of the structured knowledge being transferred. We show that optimization methods, and techniques inspired by the concerns of data reuse can be applied to extract and transfer deep structural knowledge between a variety of source and target problems. In our examples, this knowledge spans explicit data labels, model parameters, relations between data clusters and relational action descriptions.