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PoTion: Pose MoTion Representation for Action Recognition


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Most state-of-the-art methods for action recognition rely on a two-stream architecture that processes appearance and motion independently. In this paper, we claim that consider- ing them jointly offers rich information for action recogni- tion. We introduce a novel representation that gracefully en- codes the movement of some semantic keypoints. We use the human joints as these keypoints and term our Pose moTion representation PoTion. Specifically, we first run a state- of-the-art human pose estimator [4] and extract heatmaps for the human joints in each frame. We obtain our PoTion representation by temporally aggregating these probability maps. This is achieved by ‘colorizing’ each of them de- pending on the relative time of the frames in the video clip and summing them. This fixed-size representation for an en- tire video clip is suitable to classify actions using a shallow convolutional neural network. Our experimental evaluation shows that PoTion outper- forms other state-of-the-art pose representations [6, 48]. Furthermore, it is complementary to standard appearance and motion streams. When combining PoTion with the recent two-stream I3D approach [5], we obtain state-of- the-art performance on the JHMDB, HMDB and UCF101 datasets.

Author(s): Vasileios Choutas and Philippe Weinzaepfel and Jérôme Revaud and Cordelia Schmid
Book Title: IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)
Year: 2018
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society

Department(s): Perceiving Systems
Bibtex Type: Conference Paper (inproceedings)
Paper Type: Conference

Event Name: IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2018
Event Place: Salt Lake City, USA
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  title = {PoTion: Pose MoTion Representation for Action Recognition},
  author = {Choutas, Vasileios and Weinzaepfel, Philippe and Revaud, Jérôme and Schmid, Cordelia},
  booktitle = {IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
  publisher = {IEEE Computer Society},
  year = {2018}