Triangle Computer Science Distinguished Lecturer Series

Generating Natural-Language Video Descriptions using LSTM Recurrent Neural Networks

Speaker:Raymond Mooney
Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: D106 LSRC, Duke (telecast from UNC)
Light snacks will be served beginning @ 3:45pm.


We present a method for automatically generating English sentences describing short videos using deep neural networks. Specifically, we apply convolutional and Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) recurrent networks to translate videos to English descriptions using an encoder/decoder framework. A sequence of image frames (represented using deep visual features) is first mapped to a vector encoding the full video, and then this encoding is mapped to a sequence of words. We have also explored how statistical linguistic knowledge mined from large text corpora, specifically LSTM language models and lexical embeddings, can improve the descriptions. Experimental evaluation on a corpus of short YouTube videos and movie clips annotated by Descriptive Video Service demonstrate the capabilities of the technique by comparing its output to human-generated descriptions.


Raymond J. Mooney is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He is an author of over 160 published research papers, primarily in the areas of machine learning and natural language processing. He was the President of the International Machine Learning Society from 2008-2011, program co-chair for AAAI 2006, general chair for HLT-EMNLP 2005, and co-chair for ICML 1990. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Association for Computational Linguistics and the recipient of best paper awards from AAAI-96, KDD-04, ICML-05 and ACL-07.

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