Temporal convolutional networks for action segmentation and detection

Colin Lea, Michael D. Flynn, René Vidal, Austin Reiter, Gregory D. Hager

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Abstract

The ability to identify and temporally segment fine-grained human actions throughout a video is crucial for robotics, surveillance, education, and beyond. Typical approaches decouple this problem by first extracting local spatiotemporal features from video frames and then feeding them into a temporal classifier that captures high-level temporal patterns. We describe a class of temporal models, which we call Temporal Convolutional Networks (TCNs), that use a hierarchy of temporal convolutions to perform fine-grained action segmentation or detection. Our Encoder-Decoder TCN uses pooling and upsampling to efficiently capture long-range temporal patterns whereas our Dilated TCN uses dilated convolutions. We show that TCNs are capable of capturing action compositions, segment durations, and long-range dependencies, and are over a magnitude faster to train than competing LSTM-based Recurrent Neural Networks. We apply these models to three challenging fine-grained datasets and show large improvements over the state of the art.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 30th IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1003-1012
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781538604571
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 6 2017
Event30th IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2017 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: Jul 21 2017Jul 26 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - 30th IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2017
Volume2017-January

Other

Other30th IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2017
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period7/21/177/26/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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