Towards Task Understanding in Visual Settings
Sebastin Santy*
Wazeer Zulfikar*
Rishabh Mehrotra
Emine Yilmaz
[Task Hierarchy]


We consider the problem of understanding real world tasks depicted in visual images. While most existing image captioning methods excel in producing natural language descriptions of visual scenes involving human tasks, there is often the need for an understanding of the exact task being undertaken rather than a literal description of the scene. We leverage insights from real world task understanding systems, and propose a framework composed of convolutional neural networks, and an external hierarchical task ontology to produce task descriptions from input images. Detailed ex- periments highlight the efficacy of the extracted descriptions, which could potentially find their way in many applications, including image alt text generation.

Paper and Supplementary Material

S. Santy, W. Zulfikar, R. Mehrotra, E. Yilmaz
Towards Task Understanding in Visual Settings
In AAAI (Student Abstracts), 2019.
Paper | Poster


This project was partially funded by the EPSRC Fellowship titled ”Task Based Information Retrieval”, grant reference number EP/P024289/1