Referring Expression Generation and Comprehension via Attributes

Jingyu Liu, Liang Wang, Ming Hsuan Yang

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Referring expression is a kind of language expression that used for referring to particular objects. To make the expression without ambiguation, people often use attributes to describe the particular object. In this paper, we explore the role of attributes by incorporating them into both referring expression generation and comprehension. We first train an attribute learning model from visual objects and their paired descriptions. Then in the generation task, we take the learned attributes as the input into the generation model, thus the expressions are generated driven by both attributes and the previous words. For comprehension, we embed the learned attributes with visual features and semantics into the common space model, then the target object is retrieved based on its ranking distance in the common space. Experimental results on the three standard datasets, RefCOCO, RefCOCO+, and RefCOCOg show significant improvements over the baseline model, demonstrating that our method is effective for both tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781538610329
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec 22
Event16th IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV 2017 - Venice, Italy
Duration: 2017 Oct 222017 Oct 29

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision
ISSN (Print)1550-5499


Other16th IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV 2017

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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