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Visual Recognition by Request

Chufeng Tang · Lingxi Xie · Xiaopeng Zhang · Xiaolin Hu · Qi Tian

West Building Exhibit Halls ABC 277


Humans have the ability of recognizing visual semantics in an unlimited granularity, but existing visual recognition algorithms cannot achieve this goal. In this paper, we establish a new paradigm named visual recognition by request (ViRReq) to bridge the gap. The key lies in decomposing visual recognition into atomic tasks named requests and leveraging a knowledge base, a hierarchical and text-based dictionary, to assist task definition. ViRReq allows for (i) learning complicated whole-part hierarchies from highly incomplete annotations and (ii) inserting new concepts with minimal efforts. We also establish a solid baseline by integrating language-driven recognition into recent semantic and instance segmentation methods, and demonstrate its flexible recognition ability on CPP and ADE20K, two datasets with hierarchical whole-part annotations.

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