Cascaded Interactional Targeting Network for Egocentric Video Analysis

Yang Zhou, Bingbing Ni, Richang Hong, Xiaokang Yang, Qi Tian; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2016, pp. 1904-1913


Knowing how hands move and what object is being manipulated are two key sub-tasks for analyzing first-person (egocentric) action. However, lack of fully annotated hand data as well as imprecise foreground segmentation make either sub-task challenging. This work aims to explicitly address these two issues via introducing a cascaded interactional targeting (i.e., infer both hand and active object regions) deep neural network. Firstly, a novel EM-like learning framework is proposed to train the pixel-level deep convolutional neural network (DCNN) by seamlessly integrating weakly supervised data (i.e., massive bounding box annotations) with a small set of strongly supervised data (i.e., fully annotated hand segmentation maps) to achieve state-of-the-art hand segmentation performance. Secondly, the resulting high-quality hand segmentation maps are further paired with the corresponding motion maps and object feature maps, in order to explore the contextual information among object, motion and hand to generate interactional foreground regions (operated objects). The resulting interactional target maps (hand + active object) from our cascaded DCNN are further utilized to form discriminative action representation. Experiments show that our framework has achieved the state-of-the-art egocentric action recognition performance on the benchmark dataset Activities of Daily Living (ADL).

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author = {Zhou, Yang and Ni, Bingbing and Hong, Richang and Yang, Xiaokang and Tian, Qi},
title = {Cascaded Interactional Targeting Network for Egocentric Video Analysis},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2016}