Geometry-Aware Video Object Detection for Static Cameras

Dan Xu (University of Oxford), Weidi Xie (University of Oxford), Andrew Zisserman (University of Oxford)

In this paper we propose a geometry-aware model for video object detection. Specifically, we consider the setting that cameras can be well approximated as static, e.g. in video surveillance scenarios, and scene pseudo depth maps can therefore be inferred easily from the object scale on the image plane. We make the following contributions: First, we extend the recent anchor-free detector (CornerNet [17]) to video object detections. In order to exploit the spatial-temporal information while maintaining high efficiency, the proposed model accepts video clips as input, and only makes predictions for the starting and the ending frames, i.e. heatmaps of object bounding box corners and the corresponding embeddings for grouping. Second, to tackle the challenge from scale variations in object detection, scene geometry information, e.g. a depth map, is explicitly incorporated into deep networks for multi-scale feature selection and for the network prediction. Third, we validate the proposed architectures on an autonomous driving dataset generated from the Carla simulator [5], and on a real dataset for human detection (DukeMTMC dataset [28]). When comparing with the existing competitive single-stage or two-stage detectors, the proposed geometry-aware spatio-temporal network achieves significantly better results.


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title={Geometry-Aware Video Object Detection for Static Cameras},
author={Dan Xu and Weidi Xie and Andrew Zisserman},
booktitle={Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC)},
publisher={BMVA Press},
editor={Kirill Sidorov and Yulia Hicks},