Abstract: Gaining control over the dynamics of multi-task learning should help to unlock the potential of the deep network to a great extent. In the existing multi-task learning (MTL) approaches of deep network, all the parameters of its feature encoding part are subjected to adjustments corresponding to each of the underlying sub-tasks. On the other hand, different functional areas of human brain are responsible for distinct functions such as the Broca's area of the cerebrum is responsible for speech formation whereas its Wernicke's area is related to the language development etc. Inspired by this fact, in the present study, we propose to introduce a block (termed as Feature Representation Block) of connection weights spanned over a few successive layers of a deep multi-task learning architecture and stratify the same into distinct subsets for their adjustments exclusively corresponding to different sub-tasks. Additionally, we have introduced a novel regularization component for controlled training of this Feature Representation Block. The purpose of the development of this learning framework is efficient end-to-end recognition of scene texts. Simulation results of the proposed strategy on various benchmark scene text datasets such as ICDAR 2015, ICDAR 2017 MLT, COCO-Text and MSRA-TD500 have improved respective SOTA performance.
Authors: Kinjal Dasgupta, Sudip Das, Ujjwal Bhattacharya (Indian Statistical Institute)