Efficient Visual Tracking With Exemplar Transformers

Philippe Blatter, Menelaos Kanakis, Martin Danelljan, Luc Van Gool; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2023, pp. 1571-1581


The design of more complex and powerful neural network models has significantly advanced the state-of-the-art in visual object tracking. These advances can be attributed to deeper networks, or the introduction of new building blocks, such as transformers. However, in the pursuit of increased tracking performance, runtime is often hindered. Furthermore, efficient tracking architectures have received surprisingly little attention. In this paper, we introduce the Exemplar Transformer, a transformer module utilizing a single instance level attention layer for realtime visual object tracking. E.T.Track, our visual tracker that incorporates Exemplar Transformer modules, runs at 47 FPS on a CPU. This is up to 8x faster than other transformer-based models. When compared to lightweight trackers that can operate in realtime on standard CPUs, E.T.Track consistently outperforms all other methods on the LaSOT, OTB-100, NFS, TrackingNet, and VOT-ST2020 datasets. Code and models are available at https://github.com/pblatter/ettrack.

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@InProceedings{Blatter_2023_WACV, author = {Blatter, Philippe and Kanakis, Menelaos and Danelljan, Martin and Van Gool, Luc}, title = {Efficient Visual Tracking With Exemplar Transformers}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)}, month = {January}, year = {2023}, pages = {1571-1581} }