Decoupled Spatial-Temporal Attention Network for Skeleton-Based Action-Gesture Recognition

Lei Shi, Yifan Zhang, Jian Cheng, Hanqing Lu; Proceedings of the Asian Conference on Computer Vision (ACCV), 2020


Dynamic skeletal data, represented as the 2D/3D coordinates of human joints, has been widely studied for human action recognition due to its high-level semantic information and environmental robustness. However, previous methods heavily rely on designing hand-crafted traversal rules or graph topologies to draw dependencies between the joints, which are limited in performance and generalizability. In this work, we present a novel decoupled spatial-temporal attention network(DSTA-Net) for skeleton-based action recognition. It involves solely the attention blocks, allowing for modeling spatial-temporal dependencies between joints without the requirement of knowing their positions or mutual connections. Specifically, to meet the specific requirements of the skeletal data, three techniques are proposed for building attention blocks, namely, spatial-temporal attention decoupling, decoupled position encoding and spatial global regularization. Besides, from the data aspect, we introduce a skeletal data decoupling technique to emphasize the specific characteristics of space/time and different motion scales, resulting in a more comprehensive understanding of the human actions.To test the effectiveness of the proposed method, extensive experiments are conducted on four challenging datasets for skeleton-based gesture and action recognition, namely, SHREC, DHG, NTU-60 and NTU-120, where DSTA-Net achieves state-of-the-art performance on all of them.

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@InProceedings{Shi_2020_ACCV, author = {Shi, Lei and Zhang, Yifan and Cheng, Jian and Lu, Hanqing}, title = {Decoupled Spatial-Temporal Attention Network for Skeleton-Based Action-Gesture Recognition}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the Asian Conference on Computer Vision (ACCV)}, month = {November}, year = {2020} }