The next seminar in the Linguistics Circle Seminar Series will be held on Friday 10 May from 12:00 to 14:00 (venue TBA)
Dr Adrian Muscat (University of Malta) will talk about 'Can you please pick up the bag next to the armchair'
The automatic detection of spatial relations between objects in an image or the machine interpretation of spatial relations in grounded language is useful in areas such as robotics, multi-modal image search, image description generation and image question answering. In this talk we review machine learning models that predict spatial relations in images. We cite work from cognitive and psycho-linguistics on how language structures space to motivate the challenges in automating the task of spatial relation detection. We review the architectures of the state-of-the-art machine learning models and discuss their limitations. We conclude with a look into future work.