Generating Multiple Objects at Spatially Distinct Locations

International Conference on Learning Representations doi: 10.48550/arXiv.1901.00686 - May 2019 Open Access
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Recent improvements to Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) have made it possible to generate realistic images in high resolution based on natural language descriptions such as image captions. However, fine-grained control of the image layout, i.e. where in the image specific objects should be located, is still difficult to achieve. We introduce a new approach which allows us to control the location of arbitrarily many objects within an image by adding an object pathway to both the generator and the discriminator. Our approach does not need a detailed semantic layout but only bounding boxes and the respective labels of the desired objects are needed. The object pathway focuses solely on the individual objects and is iteratively applied at the locations specified by the bounding boxes. The global pathway focuses on the image background and the general image layout. We perform experiments on the Multi-MNIST, CLEVR, and the more complex MSCOCO data set. Our experiments show that through the use of the object pathway we can control object locations within images and can model complex scenes with multiple objects at various locations. We further show that the object pathway focuses on the individual objects and learns features relevant for these, while the global pathway focuses on global image characteristics and the image background.


 	 author =  {Hinz, Tobias and Heinrich, Stefan and Wermter, Stefan},  
 	 title = {Generating Multiple Objects at Spatially Distinct Locations}, 
 	 booktitle = {International Conference on Learning Representations},
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 	 year = {2019},
 	 month = {May},
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 	 doi = {10.48550/arXiv.1901.00686},