Predicting Visual Features from Text for Image and Video Caption Retrieval

Our Word2VisualVec work has been accepted for publication as a REGULAR paper in the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. Source code is available at

This paper strives to find amidst a set of sentences the one best describing the content of a given image or video. Different from existing works, which rely on a joint subspace for their image and video caption retrieval, we propose to do so in a visual space exclusively. Apart from this conceptual novelty, we contribute Word2VisualVec, a deep neural network architecture that learns to predict a visual feature representation from textual input. Example captions are encoded into a textual embedding based on multi-scale sentence vectorization and further transferred into a deep visual feature of choice via a simple multi-layer perceptron. We further generalize Word2VisualVec for video caption retrieval, by predicting from text both 3-D convolutional neural network features as well as a visual-audio representation. Experiments on Flickr8k, Flickr30k, the Microsoft Video Description dataset and the very recent NIST TrecVid challenge for video caption retrieval detail Word2VisualVec’s properties, its benefit over textual embeddings, the potential for multimodal query composition and its state-of-the-art results.

Jianfeng Dong, Xirong Li, Cees G. M. Snoek (2018): Predicting Visual Features from Text for Image and Video Caption Retrieval. In: IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (TMM), 2018.


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