Learning a Recurrent Residual Fusion Network for Multimodal Matching

Yu Liu, Yanming Guo, Erwin M. Bakker, Michael S. Lew; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017, pp. 4107-4116


A major challenge in matching between vision and language is that they typically have completely different features and representations. In this work, we introduce a novel bridge between the modality-specific representations by creating a co-embedding space based on a recurrent residual fusion (RRF) block. Specifically, RRF adapts the recurrent mechanism to residual learning, so that it can recursively improve feature embeddings while retaining the shared parameters. Then, a fusion module is used to integrate the intermediate recurrent outputs and generates a more powerful representation. In the matching network, RRF acts as a feature enhancement component to gather visual and textual representations into a more discriminative embedding space where it allows to narrow the cross-modal gap between vision and language. Moreover, we employ a bi-rank loss function to enforce separability of the two modalities in the embedding space. In the experiments, we evaluate the proposed RRF-Net using two multi-modal datasets where it achieves state-of-the-art results.

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author = {Liu, Yu and Guo, Yanming and Bakker, Erwin M. and Lew, Michael S.},
title = {Learning a Recurrent Residual Fusion Network for Multimodal Matching},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {Oct},
year = {2017}