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WOAD: Weakly Supervised Online Action Detection in Untrimmed Videos

By Mingfei Gao, Yingbo Zhou, Ran Xu, Richard Socher and Caiming Xiong


Online action detection in untrimmed videos aims to identify an action as it happens, which makes it very important for real-time applications. Previous methods rely on tedious annotations of temporal action boundaries for model training, which hinders the scalability of online action detection systems. We propose WOAD, a weakly supervised framework that can be trained using only video-class labels. WOAD contains two jointly-trained modules, i.e., temporal proposal generator (TPG) and online action recognizer (OAR). Supervised by video-class labels, TPG works offline and targets on accurately mining pseudo frame-level labels for OAR. With the supervisory signals from TPG, OAR learns to conduct action detection in an online fashion. Experimental results on THUMOS'14 and ActivityNet1.2 show that our weakly-supervised method achieves competitive performance compared to previous strongly-supervised methods. Beyond that, our method is flexible to leverage strong supervision when it is available. When strongly supervised, our method sets new state-of-the-art results in the online action detection tasks including online per-frame action recognition and online detection of action start

Topics: Computer Science - Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
Year: 2020
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