Beyond Actions: Discriminative Models for Contextual Group Activities

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 23 (NIPS 2010)

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Tian Lan, Yang Wang, Weilong Yang, Greg Mori


We propose a discriminative model for recognizing group activities. Our model jointly captures the group activity, the individual person actions, and the interactions among them. Two new types of contextual information, group-person interaction and person-person interaction, are explored in a latent variable framework. Different from most of the previous latent structured models which assume a predefined structure for the hidden layer, e.g. a tree structure, we treat the structure of the hidden layer as a latent variable and implicitly infer it during learning and inference. Our experimental results demonstrate that by inferring this contextual information together with adaptive structures, the proposed model can significantly improve activity recognition performance.