TDIOT: Target-driven Inference for Deep Video Object Tracking

19 Mar 2021  ·  Filiz Gurkan, Llukman Cerkezi, Ozgun Cirakman, Bilge Gunsel ·

Recent tracking-by-detection approaches use deep object detectors as target detection baseline, because of their high performance on still images. For effective video object tracking, object detection is integrated with a data association step performed by either a custom design inference architecture or an end-to-end joint training for tracking purpose. In this work, we adopt the former approach and use the pre-trained Mask R-CNN deep object detector as the baseline. We introduce a novel inference architecture placed on top of FPN-ResNet101 backbone of Mask R-CNN to jointly perform detection and tracking, without requiring additional training for tracking purpose. The proposed single object tracker, TDIOT, applies an appearance similarity-based temporal matching for data association. In order to tackle tracking discontinuities, we incorporate a local search and matching module into the inference head layer that exploits SiamFC for short term tracking. Moreover, in order to improve robustness to scale changes, we introduce a scale adaptive region proposal network that enables to search the target at an adaptively enlarged spatial neighborhood specified by the trace of the target. In order to meet long term tracking requirements, a low cost verification layer is incorporated into the inference architecture to monitor presence of the target based on its LBP histogram model. Performance evaluation on videos from VOT2016, VOT2018 and VOT-LT2018 datasets demonstrate that TDIOT achieves higher accuracy compared to the state-of-the-art short-term trackers while it provides comparable performance in long term tracking.

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