Generic Event Boundary Detection: A Benchmark for Event Segmentation

Mike Zheng Shou, Stan Weixian Lei, Weiyao Wang, Deepti Ghadiyaram, Matt Feiszli; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2021, pp. 8075-8084


This paper presents a novel task together with a new benchmark for detecting generic, taxonomy-free event boundaries that segment a whole video into chunks. Conventional work in temporal video segmentation and action detection focuses on localizing pre-defined action categories and thus does not scale to generic videos. Cognitive Science has known since last century that humans consistently segment videos into meaningful temporal chunks. This segmentation happens naturally, without pre-defined event categories and without being explicitly asked to do so. Here, we repeat these cognitive experiments on mainstream CV datasets; with our novel annotation guideline which addresses the complexities of taxonomy-free event boundary annotation, we introduce the task of Generic Event Boundary Detection (GEBD) and the new benchmark Kinetics-GEBD. We view GEBD as an important stepping stone towards understanding the video as a whole, and believe it has been previously neglected due to a lack of proper task definition and annotations. Through experiment and human study we demonstrate the value of the annotations. Further, we benchmark supervised and un-supervised GEBD approaches on the TAPOS dataset and our Kinetics-GEBD. We release our annotations and baseline codes at CVPR'21 LOVEU Challenge:

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@InProceedings{Shou_2021_ICCV, author = {Shou, Mike Zheng and Lei, Stan Weixian and Wang, Weiyao and Ghadiyaram, Deepti and Feiszli, Matt}, title = {Generic Event Boundary Detection: A Benchmark for Event Segmentation}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)}, month = {October}, year = {2021}, pages = {8075-8084} }