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Towards Explainable Navigation and Recounting

Abstract: Explainability and interpretability of deep neural networks have become of crucial importance over the years in Computer Vision, concurrently with the need to understand increasingly complex models. This necessity has fostered research on approaches that facilitate human comprehension of neural methods. In this work, we propose an explainable setting for visual navigation, in which an autonomous agent needs to explore an unseen indoor environment while portraying and explaining interesting scenes with natural language descriptions. We combine recent advances in ongoing research fields, employing an explainability method on images generated through agent-environment interaction. Our approach uses explainable maps to visualize model predictions and highlight the correlation between the observed entities and the generated words, to focus on prominent objects encountered during the environment exploration. The experimental section demonstrates that our approach can identify the regions of the images that the agent concentrates on to describe its point of view, improving explainability.


Poppi, Samuele; Rawal, Niyati; Bigazzi, Roberto; Cornia, Marcella; Cascianelli, Silvia; Baraldi, Lorenzo; Cucchiara, Rita "Towards Explainable Navigation and Recounting" Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Image Analysis and Processing, vol. 14233, Udine, Italy, pp. 171 -183 , September 11-15, 2023, 2023 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-43148-7_15

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