Adaptive Reconstruction Network for Weakly Supervised Referring Expression Grounding

Xuejing Liu, Liang Li, Shuhui Wang, Zheng-Jun Zha, Dechao Meng, Qingming Huang; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019, pp. 2611-2620

Abstract


Weakly supervised referring expression grounding aims at localizing the referential object in an image according to the linguistic query, where the mapping between the referential object and query is unknown in the training stage. To address this problem, we propose a novel end-to-end adaptive reconstruction network (ARN). It builds the correspondence between image region proposal and query in an adaptive manner: adaptive grounding and collaborative reconstruction. Specifically, we first extract the subject, location and context features to represent the proposals and the query respectively. Then, we design the adaptive grounding module to compute the matching score between each proposal and query by a hierarchical attention model. Finally, based on attention score and proposal features, we reconstruct the input query with a collaborative loss of language reconstruction loss, adaptive reconstruction loss, and attribute classification loss. This adaptive mechanism helps our model to alleviate the variance of different referring expressions. Experiments on four large-scale datasets show ARN outperforms existing state-of-the-art methods by a large margin. Qualitative results demonstrate that the proposed ARN can better handle the situation where multiple objects of a particular category situated together.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Liu_2019_ICCV,
author = {Liu, Xuejing and Li, Liang and Wang, Shuhui and Zha, Zheng-Jun and Meng, Dechao and Huang, Qingming},
title = {Adaptive Reconstruction Network for Weakly Supervised Referring Expression Grounding},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {October},
year = {2019}
}