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Pocket-Sized Multimodal AI
For Content Understanding and Generation


UForm-Gen is a small generative vision-language model primarily designed for Image Captioning and Visual Question Answering. The model consists of two parts:

  1. uform-vl-english visual encoder,
  2. Sheared-LLaMA-1.3B language model tuned on instruction datasets.

The model was pre-trained on: MSCOCO, SBU Captions, Visual Genome, VQAv2, GQA and a few internal datasets.


pip install uform

The generative model can be used to caption images, summarize their content, or answer questions about them. The exact behavior is controlled by prompts.

from uform.gen_model import VLMForCausalLM, VLMProcessor

model = VLMForCausalLM.from_pretrained("unum-cloud/uform-gen")
processor = VLMProcessor.from_pretrained("unum-cloud/uform-gen")

# [cap] Narrate the contents of the image with precision.
# [cap] Summarize the visual content of the image.
# [vqa] What is the main subject of the image?
prompt = "[cap] Summarize the visual content of the image."
image = Image.open("zebra.jpg")

inputs = processor(texts=[prompt], images=[image], return_tensors="pt")
with torch.inference_mode():
     output = model.generate(

prompt_len = inputs["input_ids"].shape[1]
decoded_text = processor.batch_decode(output[:, prompt_len:])[0]


For captioning evaluation we measure CLIPScore and RefCLIPScore¹.

Model Size Caption Length CLIPScore RefCLIPScore
llava-hf/llava-1.5-7b-hf 7B Long 0.878 0.529
llava-hf/llava-1.5-7b-hf 7B Short 0.886 0.531
Salesforce/instructblip-vicuna-7b 7B Long 0.902 0.534
Salesforce/instructblip-vicuna-7b 7B Short 0.848 0.523
unum-cloud/uform-gen 1.5B Long 0.847 0.523
unum-cloud/uform-gen 1.5B Short 0.842 0.522

Results for VQAv2 evaluation.

Model Size Accuracy
llava-hf/llava-1.5-7b-hf 7B 78.5
unum-cloud/uform-gen 1.5B 66.5

¹ We used apple/DFN5B-CLIP-ViT-H-14-378 CLIP model.


On RTX 3090, the following performance is expected on text token generation using float16, equivalent PyTorch settings, and greedy decoding.

Model Size Speed Speedup
llava-hf/llava-1.5-7b-hf 7B ~ 40 tokens/second
Salesforce/instructblip-vicuna-7b 7B ~ 40 tokens/second
unum-cloud/uform-gen 1.5B ~ 140 tokens/second x 3.5
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