Pose is all you need: The pose only group activity recognition system (POGARS)

9 Aug 2021  ·  Haritha Thilakarathne, Aiden Nibali, Zhen He, Stuart Morgan ·

We introduce a novel deep learning based group activity recognition approach called the Pose Only Group Activity Recognition System (POGARS), designed to use only tracked poses of people to predict the performed group activity. In contrast to existing approaches for group activity recognition, POGARS uses 1D CNNs to learn spatiotemporal dynamics of individuals involved in a group activity and forgo learning features from pixel data. The proposed model uses a spatial and temporal attention mechanism to infer person-wise importance and multi-task learning for simultaneously performing group and individual action classification. Experimental results confirm that POGARS achieves highly competitive results compared to state-of-the-art methods on a widely used public volleyball dataset despite only using tracked pose as input. Further our experiments show by using pose only as input, POGARS has better generalization capabilities compared to methods that use RGB as input.

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Group Activity Recognition Volleyball POGARS Accuracy 93.2 # 6