Temporal Action Localization by Structured Maximal Sums

Zehuan Yuan, Jonathan C. Stroud, Tong Lu, Jia Deng; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2017, pp. 3684-3692


We address the problem of temporal action localization in videos. We pose action localization as a structured prediction over arbitrary-length temporal windows, where each window is scored as the sum of frame-wise classification scores. Additionally, our model classifies the start, middle, and end of each action as separate components, allowing our system to explicitly model each action's temporal evolution and take advantage of informative temporal dependencies present in that structure. In this framework, we localize actions by searching for the structured maximal sum, a problem for which we develop a novel, provably-efficient algorithmic solution. The frame-wise classification scores are computed using features from a deep Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), which are trained end-to-end to directly optimize for a novel structured objective. We evaluate our system on the THUMOS '14 action detection benchmark and achieve competitive performance.

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author = {Yuan, Zehuan and Stroud, Jonathan C. and Lu, Tong and Deng, Jia},
title = {Temporal Action Localization by Structured Maximal Sums},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {July},
year = {2017}