A Two-Stream Recurrent Network for Skeleton-based Human Interaction Recognition

Qianhui Men, Edmond S. L. Ho, Hubert Shum, Howard Leung

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This paper addresses the problem of recognizing human-human interaction from skeletal sequences. Existing methods are mainly designed to classify single human action. Many of them simply stack the movement features of two characters to deal with human interaction, while neglecting the abundant relationships between characters. In this paper, we propose a novel two-stream recurrent neural network by adopting the geometric features from both single actions and interactions to describe the spatial correlations with different discriminative abilities. The first stream is constructed under pairwise joint distance (PJD) in a fully-connected mesh to categorize the interactions with explicit distance patterns. To better distinguish similar interactions, in the second stream, we combine PJD with the spatial features from individual joint positions using graph convolutions to detect the implicit correlations among joints, where the joint connections in the graph are adaptive for flexible correlations. After spatial modeling, each stream is fed to a bi-directional LSTM to encode two-way temporal properties. To take advantage of the diverse discriminative power of the two streams, we come up with a late fusion algorithm to combine their output predictions concerning information entropy. Experimental results show that the proposed framework achieves state-of-the art performance on 3D and comparable performance on 2D interaction datasets. Moreover, the late fusion results demonstrate the effectiveness of improving the recognition accuracy compared with single streams.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICPR 2020: 25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition
Subtitle of host publicationMilan, Italy, 10-15 January 2021
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728188089
ISBN (Print)9781728188096
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2021
EventInternational Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR2020) -
Duration: 10 Jan 202115 Jan 2021

Publication series

Name2020 25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR2020)


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