Recognizing Activities Via Bag of Words for Attribute Dynamics


Li, W., Yu, Q., Sawhney, H., & Vasconcelos, N. (2013, 23-28 June). Recognizing activities via bag of words for attribute dynamics. Paper presented at the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPRW ’13), Portland, Oregon.


In this work, we propose a novel video representation for activity recognition that models video dynamics with attributes of activities. A video sequence is decomposed into short-term segments, which are characterized by the dynamics of their attributes. These segments are modeled by a dictionary of attribute dynamics templates, which are implemented by a recently introduced generative model, the binary dynamic system (BDS). We propose methods for learning a dictionary of BDSs from a training corpus, and for quantizing attribute sequences extracted from videos into these BDS codewords. This procedure produces a representation of the video as a histogram of BDS codewords, which is denoted the bag-of-words for attribute dynamics (BoWAD). An extensive experimental evaluation reveals that this representation outperforms other state-of-the-art approaches in temporal structure modeling for complex activity recognition.

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