Transformer Tracking With Cyclic Shifting Window Attention

Zikai Song, Junqing Yu, Yi-Ping Phoebe Chen, Wei Yang; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2022, pp. 8791-8800


Transformer architecture has been showing its great strength in visual object tracking, for its effective attention mechanism. Existing transformer-based approaches adopt the pixel-to-pixel attention strategy on flattened image features and unavoidably ignore the integrity of objects. In this paper, we propose a new transformer architecture with multi-scale cyclic shifting window attention for visual object tracking, elevating the attention from pixel to window level. The cross-window multi-scale attention has the advantage of aggregating attention at different scales and generates the best fine-scale match for the target object. Furthermore, the cyclic shifting strategy brings greater accuracy by expanding the window samples with positional information, and at the same time saves huge amounts of computational power by removing redundant calculations. Extensive experiments demonstrate the superior performance of our method, which also sets the new state-of-the-art records on five challenging datasets, along with the VOT2020, UAV123, LaSOT, TrackingNet, and GOT-10k benchmarks.

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@InProceedings{Song_2022_CVPR, author = {Song, Zikai and Yu, Junqing and Chen, Yi-Ping Phoebe and Yang, Wei}, title = {Transformer Tracking With Cyclic Shifting Window Attention}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)}, month = {June}, year = {2022}, pages = {8791-8800} }