Action Recognition using Visual Attention

Shikhar Sharma, Ryan Kiros, Ruslan Salakhutdinov

Feb 10, 2016 (modified: Feb 10, 2016) ICLR 2016 workshop submission readers: everyone
  • CMT id: 117
  • Abstract: We propose a soft attention based model for the task of action recognition in videos. We use multi-layered Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs) with Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM) units which are deep both spatially and temporally. Our model learns to focus selectively on parts of the video frames and classifies videos after taking a few glimpses. The model essentially learns which parts in the frames are relevant for the task at hand and attaches higher importance to them. We evaluate the model on UCF-11 (YouTube Action), HMDB-51 and Hollywood2 datasets and analyze how the model focuses its attention depending on the scene and the action being performed.
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