AFAT: Adaptive Failure-Aware Tracker for Robust Visual Object Tracking

27 May 2020  ·  Tianyang Xu, Zhen-Hua Feng, Xiao-Jun Wu, Josef Kittler ·

Siamese approaches have achieved promising performance in visual object tracking recently. The key to the success of Siamese trackers is to learn appearance-invariant feature embedding functions via pair-wise offline training on large-scale video datasets. However, the Siamese paradigm uses one-shot learning to model the online tracking task, which impedes online adaptation in the tracking process. Additionally, the uncertainty of an online tracking response is not measured, leading to the problem of ignoring potential failures. In this paper, we advocate online adaptation in the tracking stage. To this end, we propose a failure-aware system, realised by a Quality Prediction Network (QPN), based on convolutional and LSTM modules in the decision stage, enabling online reporting of potential tracking failures. Specifically, sequential response maps from previous successive frames as well as current frame are collected to predict the tracking confidence, realising spatio-temporal fusion in the decision level. In addition, we further provide an Adaptive Failure-Aware Tracker (AFAT) by combing the state-of-the-art Siamese trackers with our system. The experimental results obtained on standard benchmarking datasets demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed failure-aware system and the merits of our AFAT tracker, with outstanding and balanced performance in both accuracy and speed.

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