VQA With No Questions-Answers Training

Ben-Zion Vatashsky, Shimon Ullman; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2020, pp. 10376-10386


Methods for teaching machines to answer visual questions have made significant progress in recent years, but current methods still lack important human capabilities, including integrating new visual classes and concepts in a modular manner, providing explanations for the answers and handling new domains without explicit examples. We propose a novel method that consists of two main parts: generating a question graph representation, and an answering procedure, guided by the abstract structure of the question graph to invoke an extendable set of visual estimators. Training is performed for the language part and the visual part on their own, but unlike existing schemes, the method does not require any training using images with associated questions and answers. This approach is able to handle novel domains (extended question types and new object classes, properties and relations) as long as corresponding visual estimators are available. In addition, it can provide explanations to its answers and suggest alternatives when questions are not grounded in the image. We demonstrate that this approach achieves both high performance and domain extensibility without any questions-answers training.

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author = {Vatashsky, Ben-Zion and Ullman, Shimon},
title = {VQA With No Questions-Answers Training},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2020}