Learning Visual Features from Large Weakly Supervised Data

European Conference on Computer Vision

By: Armand Joulin, Laurens van der Maaten, Allan Jabri, Nicolas Vasilache


Convolutional networks trained on large supervised datasets produce visual features which form the basis for the state-of-the-art in many computer-vision problems. Further improvements of these visual features will likely require even larger manually labeled data sets, which severely limits the pace at which progress can be made. In this paper, we explore the potential of leveraging massive, weakly-labeled image collections for learning good visual features. We train convolutional networks on a dataset of 100 million Flickr photos and comments, and show that these networks produce features that perform well in a range of vision problems. We also show that the networks appropriately capture word similarity and learn correspondences between different languages.