Adaptive RNN Tree for Large-Scale Human Action Recognition

Wenbo Li, Longyin Wen, Ming-Ching Chang, Ser Nam Lim, Siwei Lyu; Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017, pp. 1444-1452


In this work, we present the RNN Tree (RNN-T), an adaptive learning framework for skeleton based human action recognition. Our method categorizes action classes and uses multiple Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs) in a tree-like hierarchy. The RNNs in RNN-T are co-trained with the action category hierarchy, which determines the structure of RNN-T. Actions in skeletal representations are recognized via a hierarchical inference process, during which individual RNNs differentiate finer-grained action classes with increasing confidence. Inference in RNN-T ends when any RNN in the tree recognizes the action with high confidence, or a leaf node is reached. RNN-T effectively addresses two main challenges of large-scale action recognition: (i) able to distinguish fine-grained action classes that are intractable using a single network, and (ii) adaptive to new action classes by augmenting an existing model. We demonstrate the effectiveness of RNN-T/ACH method and compare it with the state-of-the-art methods on a large-scale dataset and several existing benchmarks.

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author = {Li, Wenbo and Wen, Longyin and Chang, Ming-Ching and Nam Lim, Ser and Lyu, Siwei},
title = {Adaptive RNN Tree for Large-Scale Human Action Recognition},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {Oct},
year = {2017}