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A Multi-Task Learning Approach for Human Activity Segmentation and Ergonomics Risk Assessment
We propose a new approach to Human Activity Evaluation (HAE) in long videos using graph-based multi-task modeling. Previous works in activity evaluation either directly compute a metric using a detected skeleton or use the scene information to regress the activity score. These approaches are insufficient for accurate activity assessment since they only compute an average score over a clip, and do not consider the correlation between the joints and body dynamics. Moreover, they are highly scene-dependent which makes the generalizability of these methods questionable. We propose a novel multi-task framework for HAE that utilizes a Graph Convolutional Network backbone to embed the interconnections between human joints in the features. In this framework, we solve the Human Activity Segmentation (HAS) problem as an auxiliary task to improve activity assessment. The HAS head is powered by an encoder-Decoder Temporal Convolutional Network to semantically segment long videos into distinct activity classes, whereas, HAE uses a Long-Short-Term-Memory-based architecture. We evaluate our method on the UW-IOM and TUM Kitchen datasets and discuss the success and failure cases in these two datasets.