For this project, a pre-trained image model like
ViT can be used as an encoder, and a pre-trained text model like BERT and/or GPT2 can be used as a decoder.
The WIT dataset can be used for this task. It has almost over 1M image-text examples for the French language.
As this will be a Seq2Seq model, the run_summarization_flax.py script can be used for training this model with some modifications.
The desired outcome is to see if pre-trained vision and text models can be leveraged for image captioning and also train captioning models in French languages. This can be showcased directly with a streamlit or gradio app.
This model will require some modifications to the existing text models. Specifically, as this will be a seq2seq model, we’ll need to add a randomly initialized cross-attention layer in BERT or GPT2 to use it as a decoder in the encoder-decoder setting.
This keras example presents an excellent example of how image encoder and transformer can be used for image captioning.