AttnGrounder: Talking to Cars with Attention

11 Sep 2020  ·  Vivek Mittal ·

We propose Attention Grounder (AttnGrounder), a single-stage end-to-end trainable model for the task of visual grounding. Visual grounding aims to localize a specific object in an image based on a given natural language text query. Unlike previous methods that use the same text representation for every image region, we use a visual-text attention module that relates each word in the given query with every region in the corresponding image for constructing a region dependent text representation. Furthermore, for improving the localization ability of our model, we use our visual-text attention module to generate an attention mask around the referred object. The attention mask is trained as an auxiliary task using a rectangular mask generated with the provided ground-truth coordinates. We evaluate AttnGrounder on the Talk2Car dataset and show an improvement of 3.26% over the existing methods.

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Referring Expression Comprehension Talk2Car AttnGrounder AP50 63.3 # 7


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