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Workshop: Temporal Graph Learning Workshop

Spotlight: Time-Evolving Conditional Character-centric Graphs for Movie Understanding

Long Dang · Thao Le · Vuong Le · Tu Minh Phuong · Truyen Tran


Temporal graph structure learning for long-term human-centric video understanding is promising but remains challenging due to the scarcity of dense graph annotations for long videos. It is the desired capability to learn the dynamic spatio-temporal interactions of human actors and other objects implicitly from visual information itself. Toward this goal, we present a novel Time-Evolving Conditional cHaracter-centric graph (TECH) for long-term human-centric video understanding with application in Movie QA. TECH is inherently a recurrent system of the query-conditioned dynamic graph that evolves over time along the story and follows throughout the course of a movie clip. As aiming toward human-centric video understanding, TECH uses a two-stage feature refinement process to draw attention to human characters and their interactions while treating the interactions with non-human objects as contextual information. Tested on the large-scale TVQA dataset, TECH clearly shows advantages over recent state-of-the-art models.

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