Augmenting Bag-of-Words: Data-Driven Discovery of Temporal and Structural Information for Activity Recognition

26th IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), Portland, USA, June 2013

Ocean City [PNG]  --- Soccer [PNG]  --- Surgery [PNG]
Vinay Bettadapura
College of Computing, Georgia Tech
vinay [at]
Grant Schindler
College of Computing, Georgia Tech
schindler [at]
Thomas Ploetz
Culture Lab, Newcastle University
thomas.ploetz [at]
Irfan Essa
College of Computing, Georgia Tech
irfan [at]

We present data-driven techniques to augment Bag of Words (BoW) models, which allow for more robust modeling and recognition of complex long-term activities, especially when the structure and topology of the activities are not known a priori. Our approach specifically addresses the limitations of standard BoW approaches, which fail to represent the underlying temporal and causal information that is inherent in activity streams. In addition, we also propose the use of randomly sampled regular expressions to discover and encode patterns in activities. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach in experimental evaluations where we successfully recognize activities and detect anomalies in four complex datasets.

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       Author = {Vinay Bettadapura and Grant Schindler and Thomas Ploetz and Irfan Essa},
       Booktitle = {Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
       Month = {June},
       Organization = {IEEE Computer Society},
       Title = {Augmenting Bag-of-Words: Data-Driven Discovery of Temporal and Structural Information for Activity Recognition},
       Year = {2013}

Funding and sponsorship was provided by the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under Contract No. W911NF-11-C-0088 and W31P4Q-10-C-0262. Parts of this work have also been funded by the RCUK Research Hub on Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy (SiDE), and the German Research Foundation (DFG, Grant No. PL554/2-1). Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of our sponsors.
We thank Kitware, Disney Research and DARPA for providing the Ocean City, Soccer and WAAS datasets, respectively.

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