Predicting Object Dynamics in Scenes

David F. Fouhey, C. L. Zitnick; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2014, pp. 2019-2026


Given a static scene, a human can trivially enumerate the myriad of things that can happen next and characterize the relative likelihood of each. In the process, we make use of enormous amounts of commonsense knowledge about how the world works. In this paper, we investigate learning this commonsense knowledge from data. To overcome a lack of densely annotated spatiotemporal data, we learn from sequences of abstract images gathered using crowdsourcing. The abstract scenes provide both object location and attribute information. We demonstrate qualitatively and quantitatively that our models produce plausible scene predictions on both the abstract images, as well as natural images taken from the Internet.

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author = {Fouhey, David F. and Zitnick, C. L.},
title = {Predicting Object Dynamics in Scenes},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2014}