Real-time 'Actor-Critic' Tracking

Boyu Chen, Dong Wang, Peixia Li, Shuang Wang, Huchuan Lu; Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2018, pp. 318-334


In this work, we propose a novel tracking algorithm with real-time performance based on the ‘Actor-Critic’ framework. This framework consists of two major components: ‘Actor’ and ‘Critic’. The ‘Actor’ model aims to infer the optimal choice in a continuous action space, which directly makes the tracker move the bounding box to the object location in the current frame. For offline training,the‘Critic’modelisintroducedtoforma‘Actor-Critic’frameworkwith reinforcement learning and outputs a Q-value to guide the learning process of both ‘Actor’ and ‘Critic’ deep networks. Then, we modify the original deep deterministic policy gradient algorithm to effectively train our ‘Actor-Critic’ model for the tracking task. For online tracking, the ‘Actor’ model provides a dynamic search strategy to locate the tracked object efficiently and the ‘Critic’ model acts as a verification module to make our tracker more robust. To the best of our knowledge, this work is the first attempt to exploit the continuous action and ‘Actor-Critic’ framework for visual tracking. Extensive experimental results on popular benchmarks demonstrate that the proposed tracker performs favorably against many state-of-the-art methods, with real-time performance.

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author = {Chen, Boyu and Wang, Dong and Li, Peixia and Wang, Shuang and Lu, Huchuan},
title = {Real-time 'Actor-Critic' Tracking},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)},
month = {September},
year = {2018}