Dual-Evidential Learning for Weakly-Supervised Temporal Action Localization

Mengyuan Chen, Junyu Gao, Shicai Yang, Changsheng Xu ;


"Weakly-supervised temporal action localization (WS-TAL) aims to localize the action instances and recognize their categories with only video-level labels. Despite great progress, existing methods suffer from severe action-background ambiguity, which mainly comes from background noise introduced by aggregation operations and large intra-action variations caused by the task gap between classification and localization. To address this issue, we propose a generalized evidential deep learning (EDL) framework for WS-TAL, called Dual-Evidential Learning for Uncertainty modeling (DELU), which extends the traditional paradigm of EDL to adapt to the weakly-supervised multi-label classification goal. Specifically, targeting at adaptively excluding the undesirable background snippets, we utilize the video-level uncertainty to measure the interference of background noise to video-level prediction. Then, the snippet-level uncertainty is further induced for progressive learning, which gradually focuses on the entire action instances in an “easy-to-hard” manner. Extensive experiments show that DELU achieves state-of-the-art performance on THUMOS14 and ActivityNet1.2 benchmarks. Our code is available in github.com/MengyuanChen21/ECCV2022-DELU."

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