Generation and Comprehension of Unambiguous Object Descriptions

Junhua Mao
Alexander Toshev
Oana Camburu
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition(2016)
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We propose a method that can generate an unambiguous description (known as a referring expression) of a specific object or region in an image, and which can also comprehend or interpret such an expression to infer which object is being described. We show that our method outperforms previous methods that generate descriptions of objects without taking into account other potentially ambiguous objects in the scene. Our model is inspired by recent successes of deep learning methods for image captioning, but while image captioning is difficult to evaluate, our task allows for easy objective evaluation. We also present a new large-scale dataset for referring expressions, based on MSCOCO. We have released the dataset and a toolbox for visualization and evaluation, see mjhucla/Google_Refexp_toolbox.

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