Spatio-Temporal Graph Transformer Networks for Pedestrian Trajectory Prediction

Cunjun Yu, Xiao Ma, Jiawei Ren, Haiyu Zhao, Shuai Yi ;


Understanding crowd motion dynamics is critical to real-world applications, e.g., surveillance systems and autonomous driving. This is challenging because it requires effectively modeling the socially aware crowd spatial interaction and complex temporal dependencies. We believe attention is the most important factor for trajectory prediction. In this paper, we present STAR, a Spatio-Temporal grAph tRansformer framework, which tackles trajectory prediction by only attention mechanisms. STAR models intra-graph crowd interaction by TGConv, a novel Transformer-based graph convolution mechanism. The inter-graph temporal dependencies are modeled by separate temporal Transformers. STAR captures complex spatio-temporal interactions by interleaving between spatial and temporal Transformers. To calibrate the temporal prediction for the long-lasting effect of disappeared pedestrians, we introduce a read-writable external memory module, consistently being updated by the temporal Transformer. We show STAR outperforms the state-of-the-art models on 4 out of 5 real-world pedestrian trajectory prediction datasets and achieves comparable performance on the rest."

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