StartNet: Online Detection of Action Start in Untrimmed Videos

Mingfei Gao, Mingze Xu, Larry S. Davis, Richard Socher, Caiming Xiong; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019, pp. 5542-5551


We propose StartNet to address Online Detection of Action Start (ODAS) where action starts and their associated categories are detected in untrimmed, streaming videos. Previous methods aim to localize action starts by learning feature representations that can directly separate the start point from its preceding background. It is challenging due to the subtle appearance difference near the action starts and the lack of training data. Instead, StartNet decomposes ODAS into two stages: action classification (using ClsNet) and start point localization (using LocNet). ClsNet focuses on per-frame labeling and predicts action score distributions online. Based on the predicted action scores of the past and current frames, LocNet conducts class-agnostic start detection by optimizing long-term localization rewards using policy gradient methods. The proposed framework is validated on two large-scale datasets, THUMOS'14 and ActivityNet. The experimental results show that StartNet significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art by 15%-30% p-mAP under the offset tolerance of 1-10 seconds on THUMOS'14, and achieves comparable performance on ActivityNet with 10 times smaller time offset.

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author = {Gao, Mingfei and Xu, Mingze and Davis, Larry S. and Socher, Richard and Xiong, Caiming},
title = {StartNet: Online Detection of Action Start in Untrimmed Videos},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {October},
year = {2019}