Learning to Compose Visual RelationsDownload PDF

21 May 2021, 20:43 (edited 07 Nov 2021)NeurIPS 2021 SpotlightReaders: Everyone
  • Keywords: Energy-based model, Image editing, Image generation, Compositionality
  • TL;DR: Learning to compose visual relations using energy-based models.
  • Abstract: The visual world around us can be described as a structured set of objects and their associated relations. An image of a room may be conjured given only the description of the underlying objects and their associated relations. While there has been significant work on designing deep neural networks which may compose individual objects together, less work has been done on composing the individual relations between objects. A principal difficulty is that while the placement of objects is mutually independent, their relations are entangled and dependent on each other. To circumvent this issue, existing works primarily compose relations by utilizing a holistic encoder, in the form of text or graphs. In this work, we instead propose to represent each relation as an unnormalized density (an energy-based model), enabling us to compose separate relations in a factorized manner. We show that such a factorized decomposition allows the model to both generate and edit scenes that have multiple sets of relations more faithfully. We further show that decomposition enables our model to effectively understand the underlying relational scene structure.
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