Visual Question Answering From Another Perspective: CLEVR Mental Rotation TestsDownload PDF

Sep 28, 2020 (edited Mar 05, 2021)ICLR 2021 Conference Blind SubmissionReaders: Everyone
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  • Keywords: vqa, clevr, contrastive learning, 3d, inverse graphics
  • Abstract: Different types of \emph{mental rotation tests} have been used extensively in psychology to understand human visual reasoning and perception. Understanding what an object or visual scene would look like from another viewpoint is a challenging problem that is made even harder if it must be performed from a single image. 3D computer vision has a long history of examining related problems. However, often what one is most interested in is the answer to a relatively simple question posed in another visual frame of reference -- as opposed to creating a full 3D reconstruction. Mental rotations tests can also manifest as consequential questions in the real world such as: does the pedestrian that I see, see the car that I am driving? We explore a controlled setting whereby questions are posed about the properties of a scene if the scene were observed from another viewpoint. To do this we have created a new version of the CLEVR VQA problem setup and dataset that we call CLEVR Mental Rotation Tests or CLEVR-MRT, where the goal is to answer questions about the original CLEVR viewpoint given a single image obtained from a different viewpoint of the same scene. Using CLEVR Mental Rotation Tests we examine standard state of the art methods, show how they fall short, then explore novel neural architectures that involve inferring representations encoded as feature volumes describing a scene. Our new methods use rigid transformations of feature volumes conditioned on the viewpoint camera. We examine the efficacy of different model variants through performing a rigorous ablation study. Furthermore, we examine the use of contrastive learning to infer a volumetric encoder in a self-supervised manner and find that this approach yields the best results of our study using CLEVR-MRT.
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  • One-sentence Summary: We propose a version of CLEVR with the problem of performing VQA under mental rotations, as well as methods that perform well on this task via the use and manipulation of 3D feature volumes.
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