A Three Tiered Approach for Articulated Object Action Modeling and Recognition

Neural Information Processing Systems

Visual action recognition is an important problem in computer vision. In this paper, we propose a new method to probabilistically model and recognize actions of articulated objects, such as hand or body gestures, in image sequences. Our method consists of three levels of representation. Atthe low level, we first extract a feature vector invariant to scale and in-plane rotation by using the Fourier transform of a circular spatial histogram. Then, spectral partitioning [20] is utilized to obtain an initial clustering; this clustering is then refined using a temporal smoothness constraint. Gaussian mixture model (GMM) based clustering and density estimation in the subspace of linear discriminant analysis (LDA) are then applied to thousands of image feature vectors to obtain an intermediate level representation. Finally, at the high level we build a temporal multiresolution histogrammodel for each action by aggregating the clustering weights of sampled images belonging to that action. We discuss how this high level representation can be extended to achieve temporal scaling invariance andto include Bigram or Multi-gram transition information. Both image clustering and action recognition/segmentation results are given to show the validity of our three tiered representation.

A Novel Efficient Approach with Data-Adaptive Capability for OMP-based Sparse Subspace Clustering

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Orthogonal Matching Pursuit (OMP) plays an important role in data science and its applications such as sparse subspace clustering and image processing. However, the existing OMP-based approaches lack of data adaptiveness so that the information cannot be represented well enough and may lose the accuracy. This paper proposes a novel approach to enhance the data-adaptive capability for OMP-based sparse subspace clustering. In our method a parameter selection process is developed to adjust the parameters based on the data distribution for information representation. Our theoretical analysis indicates that the parameter selection process can efficiently coordinate with any OMP-based methods to improve the clustering performance. Also a new Self-Expressive-Affinity (SEA) ratio metric is defined to measure the sparse representation conversion efficiency for spectral clustering to obtain data segmentations. Experiments show that our approach achieves better performances compared with other OMP-based sparse subspace clustering algorithms in terms of clustering accuracy, SEA ratio and representation quality, and keeps the time efficiency and anti-noise ability.

Semantic Single Video Segmentation with Robust Graph Representation

AAAI Conferences

Graph-based video segmentation has demonstrated its influential impact from recent works. However, most of the existing approaches fail to make a semantic segmentation of the foreground objects, i.e. all the segmented objects are treated as one class. In this paper, we propose an approach to semantically segment the multi-class foreground objects from a single video sequence. To achieve this, we firstly generate a set of proposals for each frame and score them based on motion and appearance features. With these scores, the similarities between each proposal are measured. To tackle the vulnerability of the graph-based model, low-rank representation with l21-norm regularizer outlier detection is proposed to discover the intrinsic structure among proposals. With the "clean" graph representation, objects of different classes are more likely to be grouped into separated clusters. Two open public datasets MOViCS and ObMiC are used for evaluation under both intersection-over-union and F-measure metrics. The superior results compared with the state-of-the-arts demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

Groupwise Constrained Reconstruction for Subspace Clustering

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Reconstruction based subspace clustering methods compute a self reconstruction matrix over the samples and use it for spectral clustering to obtain the final clustering result. Their success largely relies on the assumption that the underlying subspaces are independent, which, however, does not always hold in the applications with increasing number of subspaces. In this paper, we propose a novel reconstruction based subspace clustering model without making the subspace independence assumption. In our model, certain properties of the reconstruction matrix are explicitly characterized using the latent cluster indicators, and the affinity matrix used for spectral clustering can be directly built from the posterior of the latent cluster indicators instead of the reconstruction matrix. Experimental results on both synthetic and real-world datasets show that the proposed model can outperform the state-of-the-art methods.

Deep Subspace Clustering Networks

Neural Information Processing Systems

We present a novel deep neural network architecture for unsupervised subspace clustering. This architecture is built upon deep auto-encoders, which non-linearly map the input data into a latent space. Our key idea is to introduce a novel self-expressive layer between the encoder and the decoder to mimic the "self-expressiveness" property that has proven effective in traditional subspace clustering. Being differentiable, our new self-expressive layer provides a simple but effective way to learn pairwise affinities between all data points through a standard back-propagation procedure. Being nonlinear, our neural-network based method is able to cluster data points having complex (often nonlinear) structures. We further propose pre-training and fine-tuning strategies that let us effectively learn the parameters of our subspace clustering networks. Our experiments show that the proposed method significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art unsupervised subspace clustering methods.