Weakly-guided Self-supervised Pretraining for Temporal Activity Detection

26 Nov 2021  ·  Kumara Kahatapitiya, Zhou Ren, Haoxiang Li, Zhenyu Wu, Michael S. Ryoo, Gang Hua ·

Temporal Activity Detection aims to predict activity classes per frame, in contrast to video-level predictions in Activity Classification (i.e., Activity Recognition). Due to the expensive frame-level annotations required for detection, the scale of detection datasets is limited. Thus, commonly, previous work on temporal activity detection resorts to fine-tuning a classification model pretrained on large-scale classification datasets (e.g., Kinetics-400). However, such pretrained models are not ideal for downstream detection, due to the disparity between the pretraining and the downstream fine-tuning tasks. In this work, we propose a novel 'weakly-guided self-supervised' pretraining method for detection. We leverage weak labels (classification) to introduce a self-supervised pretext task (detection) by generating frame-level pseudo labels, multi-action frames, and action segments. Simply put, we design a detection task similar to downstream, on large-scale classification data, without extra annotations. We show that the models pretrained with the proposed weakly-guided self-supervised detection task outperform prior work on multiple challenging activity detection benchmarks, including Charades and MultiTHUMOS. Our extensive ablations further provide insights on when and how to use the proposed models for activity detection. Code is available at https://github.com/kkahatapitiya/SSDet.

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Action Detection Charades Coarse-Fine Networks (w/ self-supervised detection pretraining) mAP 26.95 # 3


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