Qian Zhang


Improving Visual-Semantic Embedding with Adaptive Pooling and Optimization Objective
Zijian Zhang | Chang Shu | Ya Xiao | Yuan Shen | Di Zhu | Youxin Chen | Jing Xiao | Jey Han Lau | Qian Zhang | Zheng Lu
Proceedings of the 17th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics

Visual-Semantic Embedding (VSE) aims to learn an embedding space where related visual and semantic instances are close to each other. Recent VSE models tend to design complex structures to pool visual and semantic features into fixed-length vectors and use hard triplet loss for optimization. However, we find that: (1) combining simple pooling methods is no worse than these sophisticated methods; and (2) only considering the most difficult-to-distinguish negative sample leads to slow convergence and poor Recall@K improvement. To this end, we propose an adaptive pooling strategy that allows the model to learn how to aggregate features through a combination of simple pooling methods. We also introduce a strategy to dynamically select a group of negative samples to make the optimization converge faster and perform better. Experimental results on Flickr30K and MS-COCO demonstrate that a standard VSE using our pooling and optimization strategies outperforms current state-of-the-art systems (at least 1.0{% on the metrics of recall) in image-to-text and text-to-image retrieval. Source code of our experiments is available at https://github.com/96-Zachary/vse_2ad .


OPPO’s Machine Translation System for the IWSLT 2020 Open Domain Translation Task
Qian Zhang | Xiaopu Li | Dawei Dang | Tingxun Shi | Di Ai | Zhengshan Xue | Jie Hao
Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Spoken Language Translation

In this paper, we demonstrate our machine translation system applied for the Chinese-Japanese bidirectional translation task (aka. open domain translation task) for the IWSLT 2020. Our model is based on Transformer (Vaswani et al., 2017), with the help of many popular, widely proved effective data preprocessing and augmentation methods. Experiments show that these methods can improve the baseline model steadily and significantly.

OPPO’s Machine Translation Systems for WMT20
Tingxun Shi | Shiyu Zhao | Xiaopu Li | Xiaoxue Wang | Qian Zhang | Di Ai | Dawei Dang | Xue Zhengshan | Jie Hao
Proceedings of the Fifth Conference on Machine Translation

In this paper we demonstrate our (OPPO’s) machine translation systems for the WMT20 Shared Task on News Translation for all the 22 language pairs. We will give an overview of the common aspects across all the systems firstly, including two parts: the data preprocessing part will show how the data are preprocessed and filtered, and the system part will show our models architecture and the techniques we followed. Detailed information, such as training hyperparameters and the results generated by each technique will be depicted in the corresponding subsections. Our final submissions ranked top in 6 directions (English Czech, English Russian, French German and Tamil English), third in 2 directions (English German, English Japanese), and fourth in 2 directions (English Pashto and and English Tamil).