Learning To Track Objects From Unlabeled Videos

Jilai Zheng, Chao Ma, Houwen Peng, Xiaokang Yang; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2021, pp. 13546-13555


In this paper, we propose to learn an Unsupervised Single Object Tracker (USOT) from scratch. We identify that three major challenges, i.e., moving object discovery, rich temporal variation exploitation, and online update, are the central causes of the performance bottleneck of existing unsupervised trackers. To narrow the gap between unsupervised trackers and supervised counterparts, we propose an effective unsupervised learning approach composed of three stages. First, we sample sequentially moving objects with unsupervised optical flow and dynamic programming, instead of random cropping. Second, we train a naive Siamese tracker from scratch using single-frame pairs. Third, we continue training the tracker with a novel cycle memory learning scheme, which is conducted in longer temporal spans and also enables our tracker to update online. Extensive experiments show that the proposed USOT learned from unlabeled videos performs well over the state-of-the-art unsupervised trackers by large margins, and on par with recent supervised deep trackers. Code is available at https://github.com/VISION-SJTU/USOT.

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@InProceedings{Zheng_2021_ICCV, author = {Zheng, Jilai and Ma, Chao and Peng, Houwen and Yang, Xiaokang}, title = {Learning To Track Objects From Unlabeled Videos}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)}, month = {October}, year = {2021}, pages = {13546-13555} }