Asynchronous Temporal Fields for Action Recognition

Gunnar A. Sigurdsson, Santosh Divvala, Ali Farhadi, Abhinav Gupta; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2017, pp. 585-594


Actions are more than just movements and trajectories: we cook to eat and we hold a cup to drink from it. A thorough understanding of videos requires going beyond appearance modeling and necessitates reasoning about the sequence of activities, as well as the higher-level constructs such as intentions. But how do we model and reason about these? We propose a fully-connected temporal CRF model for reasoning over various aspects of activities that includes objects, actions, and intentions, where the potentials are predicted by a deep network. End-to-end training of such structured models is a challenging endeavor: For inference and learning we need to construct mini-batches consisting of whole videos, leading to mini-batches with only a few videos. This causes high-correlation between data points leading to breakdown of the backprop algorithm. To address this challenge, we present an asynchronous variational inference method that allows efficient end-to-end training. Our method achieves a classification mAP of 22.4% on the Charades benchmark, outperforming the state-of-the-art (17.2% mAP), and offers equal gains on the task of temporal localization.

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author = {Sigurdsson, Gunnar A. and Divvala, Santosh and Farhadi, Ali and Gupta, Abhinav},
title = {Asynchronous Temporal Fields for Action Recognition},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {July},
year = {2017}