Natural Language Object Retrieval

TitleNatural Language Object Retrieval
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHu R, Xu H, Rohrbach M, Feng J, Saenko K, Darrell T
Published inThe IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)
Date Published06/2016
Abstract

In this paper, we address the task of natural language object retrieval, to localize a target object within a given image based on a natural language query of the object. Natural language object retrieval differs from text-based image retrieval task as it involves spatial information about objects within the scene and global scene context. To address this issue, we propose a novel Spatial Context Recurrent ConvNet (SCRC) model as scoring function on candidate boxes for object retrieval, integrating spatial configurations and global scene-level contextual information into the network. Our model processes query text, local image descriptors, spatial configurations and global context features through a recurrent network, outputs the probability of the query text conditioned on each candidate box as a score for the box, and can transfer visual-linguistic knowledge from image captioning domain to our task. Experimental results demonstrate that our method effectively utilizes both local and global information, outperforming previous baseline methods significantly on different datasets and scenarios, and can exploit large scale vision and language datasets for knowledge transfer.

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