23rd EANN / EAAAI 2022, 17 - 20 June 2022, Greece

Learning image captioning as a structured transduction task

Davide Italo Serramazza, Davide Bacciu


  Image captioning is a task typically approached by deep encoder-decoder architectures, where the encoder component works on a flat representation of the image while the decoder considers a sequential representation of natural language sentences. As such, these encoder-decoder architectures implement a simple and very specific form of structured transduction, that is a generalization of a predictive problem where the input data and output predictions might have substantially different structures and topologies. In this paper, we explore a generalization of such an approach by addressing the problem as a general structured transduction problem. In particular, we provide a framework that allows considering input and output information with a tree-structured representation. This allows taking into account the hierarchical nature underlying both images and sentences. To this end, we introduce an approach to generate tree-structured representations from images along with an autoencoder working with this kind of data. We empirically assess our approach on both synthetic and realistic tasks.  

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