Center for Human Modeling and Simulation

Understanding Videos, Constructing Plots Learning a Visually Grounded Storyline Model from Annotated Videos

Jianbo Shi, University of Pennsylvania
Abhinav Gupta, University of Maryland - College Park
Larry S. David, University of Maryland - College Park
Praveen Srinivasan, University of Pennsylvania

Document Type Conference Paper


Analyzing videos of human activities involves not only recognizing actions (typically based on their appearances), but also determining the story/plot of the video. The storyline of a video describes causal relationships between actions. Beyond recognition of individual actions, discovering causal relationships helps to better understand the semantic meaning of the activities. We present an approach to learn a visually grounded storyline model of videos directly from weakly labeled data. The storyline model is represented as an AND-OR graph, a structure that can compactly encode storyline variation across videos. The edges in the AND-OR graph correspond to causal relationships which are represented in terms of spatio-temporal constraints. We formulate an Integer Programming framework for action recognition and storyline extraction using the storyline model and visual groundings learned from training data.


Date Posted: 11 July 2012