Reflective Decoding Network for Image Captioning

Lei Ke, Wenjie Pei, Ruiyu Li, Xiaoyong Shen, Yu-Wing Tai; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019, pp. 8888-8897

Abstract


State-of-the-art image captioning methods mostly focus on improving visual features, less attention has been paid to utilizing the inherent properties of language to boost captioning performance. In this paper, we show that vocabulary coherence between words and syntactic paradigm of sentences are also important to generate high-quality image caption. Following the conventional encoder-decoder framework, we propose the Reflective Decoding Network (RDN) for image captioning, which enhances both the long-sequence dependency and position perception of words in a caption decoder. Our model learns to collaboratively attend on both visual and textual features and meanwhile perceive each word's relative position in the sentence to maximize the information delivered in the generated caption. We evaluate the effectiveness of our RDN on the COCO image captioning datasets and achieve superior performance over the previous methods. Further experiments reveal that our approach is particularly advantageous for hard cases with complex scenes to describe by captions.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Ke_2019_ICCV,
author = {Ke, Lei and Pei, Wenjie and Li, Ruiyu and Shen, Xiaoyong and Tai, Yu-Wing},
title = {Reflective Decoding Network for Image Captioning},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {October},
year = {2019}
}