Weakly-Guided Self-Supervised Pretraining for Temporal Activity Detection


  • Kumara Kahatapitiya Stony Brook University
  • Zhou Ren Wormpex AI Research
  • Haoxiang Li Wormpex AI Research
  • Zhenyu Wu Wormpex AI Research
  • Michael S. Ryoo Stony Brook University
  • Gang Hua Wormpex AI Research




CV: Video Understanding & Activity Analysis, CV: Representation Learning for Vision


Temporal Activity Detection aims to predict activity classes per frame, in contrast to video-level predictions in Activity Classification (i.e., Activity Recognition). Due to the expensive frame-level annotations required for detection, the scale of detection datasets is limited. Thus, commonly, previous work on temporal activity detection resorts to fine-tuning a classification model pretrained on large-scale classification datasets (e.g., Kinetics-400). However, such pretrained models are not ideal for downstream detection, due to the disparity between the pretraining and the downstream fine-tuning tasks. In this work, we propose a novel weakly-guided self-supervised pretraining method for detection. We leverage weak labels (classification) to introduce a self-supervised pretext task (detection) by generating frame-level pseudo labels, multi-action frames, and action segments. Simply put, we design a detection task similar to downstream, on large-scale classification data, without extra annotations. We show that the models pretrained with the proposed weakly-guided self-supervised detection task outperform prior work on multiple challenging activity detection benchmarks, including Charades and MultiTHUMOS. Our extensive ablations further provide insights on when and how to use the proposed models for activity detection. Code is available at github.com/kkahatapitiya/SSDet.




How to Cite

Kahatapitiya, K., Ren, Z., Li, H., Wu, Z., Ryoo, M. S., & Hua, G. (2023). Weakly-Guided Self-Supervised Pretraining for Temporal Activity Detection. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 37(1), 1078-1086. https://doi.org/10.1609/aaai.v37i1.25189



AAAI Technical Track on Computer Vision I