Dual Attention Networks for Multimodal Reasoning and Matching

CVPR 2017  ·  Hyeonseob Nam, Jung-Woo Ha, Jeonghee Kim ·

We propose Dual Attention Networks (DANs) which jointly leverage visual and textual attention mechanisms to capture fine-grained interplay between vision and language. DANs attend to specific regions in images and words in text through multiple steps and gather essential information from both modalities. Based on this framework, we introduce two types of DANs for multimodal reasoning and matching, respectively. The reasoning model allows visual and textual attentions to steer each other during collaborative inference, which is useful for tasks such as Visual Question Answering (VQA). In addition, the matching model exploits the two attention mechanisms to estimate the similarity between images and sentences by focusing on their shared semantics. Our extensive experiments validate the effectiveness of DANs in combining vision and language, achieving the state-of-the-art performance on public benchmarks for VQA and image-text matching.

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Image Retrieval Flickr30K 1K test DAN R@1 39.4 # 12
R@10 79.1 # 12
R@5 69.2 # 12
Visual Question Answering (VQA) VQA v1 test-dev DAN (ResNet) Accuracy 64.3 # 2