We present Imagen, a text-to-image diffusion model with an unprecedented degree of photorealism and a deep level of language understanding. Imagen builds on the power of large transformer language models in understanding text and hinges on the strength of diffusion models in high-ﬁdelity image generation. Our key discovery is that generic large language models (e.g. T5), pretrained on text-only corpora, are surprisingly effective at encoding text for image synthesis: increasing the size of the language model in Imagen boosts both sample ﬁdelity and image-text alignment much more than increasing the size of the image diffusion model.
2022: Chitwan Saharia, William Chan, Saurabh Saxena, Lala Li, Jay Whang, Emily L. Denton, Seyed Kamyar Seyed Ghasemipour, Burcu Karagol Ayan, S. S. Mahdavi, Raphael Gontijo Lopes, Tim Salimans, Jonathan Ho, D. Fleet, Mohammad Norouzi
Ranked #1 on Text-to-Image Generation on COCO (using extra training data)