Asmar Nadeem


Postgraduate Research Student

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Davide Berghi, Craig Cieciura, Farshad Einabadi, Maxine Glancy, Oliver Charles Camilleri, Asmar Nadeem, Faegheh Sardari, Jinzheng Zhao, Armin Mustafa, Philip J B Jackson, Adrian Douglas Mark Hilton ForecasterFlexOBM: A multi-view audio-visual dataset for flexible object-based media production, In: ForecasterFlexOBM: A MULTI-VIEW AUDIO-VISUAL DATASET FOR FLEXIBLE OBJECT-BASED MEDIA PRODUCTION University of Surrey

Leveraging machine learning techniques, in the context of object-based media production, could enable provision of personalized media experiences to diverse audiences. To fine-tune and evaluate techniques for personalization applications, as well as more broadly, datasets which bridge the gap between research and production are needed. We introduce and publicly release such a dataset, themed around a UK weather forecast and shot against a blue-screen background, of three professional actors/presenters – one male and one female (English) and one female (British Sign Language). Scenes include both production and research-oriented examples, with a range of dialogue, motions, and actions. Capture techniques consisted of a synchronized 4K resolution 16-camera array, production-typical microphones plus professional audio mix, a 16-channel microphone array with collocated Grasshopper3 camera, and a photogrammetry array. We demonstrate applications relevant to virtual production and creation of personalized media including neural radiance fields, shadow casting, action/event detection, speaker source tracking and video captioning.

Davide Berghi, Craig Cieciura, Farshad Einabadi, Maxine Glancy, Oliver Charles Camilleri, Philip Anthony Foster, Asmar Nadeem, Faegheh Sardari, Jinzheng Zhao, Marco Volino, Armin Mustafa, Philip J B Jackson, Adrian Hilton (2024)ForecasterFlexOBM: A MULTI-VIEW AUDIO-VISUAL DATASET FOR FLEXIBLE OBJECT-BASED MEDIA PRODUCTION, In: ForecasterFlexOBM: A multi-view audio-visual dataset for flexible object-based media production

Leveraging machine learning techniques, in the context of object-based media production, could enable provision of personalized media experiences to diverse audiences. To fine-tune and evaluate techniques for personalization applications, as well as more broadly, datasets which bridge the gap between research and production are needed. We introduce and publicly release such a dataset, themed around a UK weather forecast and shot against a blue-screen background, of three professional actors/presenters – one male and one female (English) and one female (British Sign Language). Scenes include both production and research-oriented examples, with a range of dialogue, motions, and actions. Capture techniques consisted of a synchronized 4K resolution 16-camera array, production-typical microphones plus professional audio mix, a 16-channel microphone array with collocated Grasshopper3 camera, and a photogrammetry array. We demonstrate applications relevant to virtual production and creation of personalized media including neural radiance fields, shadow casting, action/event detection, speaker source tracking and video captioning.

Asmar Nadeem, Adrian Hilton, Robert Dawes, Graham Thomas, Armin Mustafa SEM-POS: Grammatically and Semantically Correct Video Captioning

Generating grammatically and semantically correct captions in video captioning is a challenging task. The captions generated from the existing methods are either word-by-word that do not align with grammatical structure or miss key information from the input videos. To address these issues, we introduce a novel global-local fusion network, with a Global-Local Fusion Block (GLFB) that encodes and fuses features from different parts of speech (POS) components with visual-spatial features. We use novel combinations of different POS components - 'determinant + subject', 'auxiliary verb', 'verb', and 'determinant + object' for supervision of the POS blocks - Det + Subject, Aux Verb, Verb, and Det + Object respectively. The novel global-local fusion network together with POS blocks helps align the visual features with language description to generate grammatically and semantically correct captions. Extensive qualitative and quantitative experiments on benchmark MSVD and MSRVTT datasets demonstrate that the proposed approach generates more grammatically and semantically correct captions compared to the existing methods, achieving the new state-of-the-art. Ablations on the POS blocks and the GLFB demonstrate the impact of the contributions on the proposed method.

Asmar Nadeem, Adrian Hilton, Robert Dawes, Graham Thomas, Armin Mustafa CAD -- Contextual Multi-modal Alignment for Dynamic AVQA

In the context of Audio Visual Question Answering (AVQA) tasks, the audio visual modalities could be learnt on three levels: 1) Spatial, 2) Temporal, and 3) Semantic. Existing AVQA methods suffer from two major shortcomings; the audio-visual (AV) information passing through the network isn't aligned on Spatial and Temporal levels; and, inter-modal (audio and visual) Semantic information is often not balanced within a context; this results in poor performance. In this paper, we propose a novel end-to-end Contextual Multi-modal Alignment (CAD) network that addresses the challenges in AVQA methods by i) introducing a parameter-free stochastic Contextual block that ensures robust audio and visual alignment on the Spatial level; ii) proposing a pre-training technique for dynamic audio and visual alignment on Temporal level in a self-supervised setting, and iii) introducing a cross-attention mechanism to balance audio and visual information on Semantic level. The proposed novel CAD network improves the overall performance over the state-of-the-art methods on average by 9.4% on the MUSIC-AVQA dataset. We also demonstrate that our proposed contributions to AVQA can be added to the existing methods to improve their performance without additional complexity requirements.

Asmar Nadeem, Adrian Hilton, Robert Dawes, Graham Thomas, Annin Mustafa (2023)SEM-POS: Grammatically and Semantically Correct Video Captioning, In: 2023 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops (CVPRW)pp. 2606-2616 IEEE

Generating grammatically and semantically correct captions in video captioning is a challenging task.. The captions generated from the existing methods are either word-by-word that do not align with grammatical structure or miss key information from the input videos. To address these issues, we introduce a novel global-local fusion network, with a Global-Local Fusion Block (GLFB) that encodes and fuses features from different parts of speech (POS) components with visual-spatial features. We use novel combinations of different POS components - 'determinant + subject', 'auxiliary verb', 'verb', and 'determinant + object' for supervision of the POS blocks - Det + Subject, Aux Verb, Verb, and Det + Object respectively. The novel global-local fusion network together with POS blocks helps align the visual features with language description to generate grammatically and semantically correct captions. Extensive qualitative and quantitative experiments on benchmark MSVD and MSRVTT datasets demonstrate that the proposed approach generates more grammatically and semantically correct captions compared to the existing methods, achieving the new state-of-the-art. Ablations on the POS blocks and the GLFB demonstrate the impact of the contributions on the proposed method.