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Efficient Image Captioning Based on Vision Transformer Models

Samar Elbedwehy1,*, T. Medhat2, Taher Hamza3, Mohammed F. Alrahmawy3

1 Department of Data Science, Faculty of Artificial Intelligence, Kafrelsheikh University, Egypt
2 Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kafrelsheikh University, Egypt
3 Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Computer and Information Science, Mansoura, Egypt

* Corresponding Author: Samar Elbedwehy. Email: email

Computers, Materials & Continua 2022, 73(1), 1483-1500.


Image captioning is an emerging field in machine learning. It refers to the ability to automatically generate a syntactically and semantically meaningful sentence that describes the content of an image. Image captioning requires a complex machine learning process as it involves two sub models: a vision sub-model for extracting object features and a language sub-model that use the extracted features to generate meaningful captions. Attention-based vision transformers models have a great impact in vision field recently. In this paper, we studied the effect of using the vision transformers on the image captioning process by evaluating the use of four different vision transformer models for the vision sub-models of the image captioning The first vision transformers used is DINO (self-distillation with no labels). The second is PVT (Pyramid Vision Transformer) which is a vision transformer that is not using convolutional layers. The third is XCIT (cross-Covariance Image Transformer) which changes the operation in self-attention by focusing on feature dimension instead of token dimensions. The last one is SWIN (Shifted windows), it is a vision transformer which, unlike the other transformers, uses shifted-window in splitting the image. For a deeper evaluation, the four mentioned vision transformers have been tested with their different versions and different configuration, we evaluate the use of DINO model with five different backbones, PVT with two versions: PVT_v1and PVT_v2, one model of XCIT, SWIN transformer. The results show the high effectiveness of using SWIN-transformer within the proposed image captioning model with regard to the other models.


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Elbedwehy, S., Medhat, T., Hamza, T., Alrahmawy, M.F. (2022). Efficient image captioning based on vision transformer models. Computers, Materials & Continua, 73(1), 1483-1500.
Vancouver Style
Elbedwehy S, Medhat T, Hamza T, Alrahmawy MF. Efficient image captioning based on vision transformer models. Comput Mater Contin. 2022;73(1):1483-1500
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S. Elbedwehy, T. Medhat, T. Hamza, and M.F. Alrahmawy "Efficient Image Captioning Based on Vision Transformer Models," Comput. Mater. Contin., vol. 73, no. 1, pp. 1483-1500. 2022.

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