[Announcement] Regarding Transfer Learning!

#1

Some participants have inquired about the possibility of doing transfer learning for the task. After an internal team meeting, we have decided to allow transfer learning in terms of pre-training. It means that you can use any data to pre-train your models and use those pre-trained weights to initialize your submitted models. More details on the limitation of the submitted checkpoints (initialization weights) will follow [@mohanty].

#2

Hello, can I please ask: can we submit checkpoints, or do you mean we must initialize our weights by submitting data to conduct pre-training on your server?

#3

@jriseley : You can include pre-trained weights in your submission, you will just have to ensure to use git-lfs to check in the model weights.

and the second part of the question is more complicated. As long as you use standard pre-trained models to get started in your training phase, I think its still fair.