Learning Object Permanence from Video

Aviv Shamsian, Ofri Kleinfeld, Amir Globerson, Gal Chechik

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Abstract

Object Permanence allows people to reason about the location of non-visible objects, by understanding that they continue to exist even when not perceived directly. Object Permanence is critical for building a model of the world, since objects in natural visual scenes dynamically occlude and contain each-other. Intensive studies in developmental psychology suggest that object permanence is a challenging task that is learned through extensive experience. Here we introduce the setup of learning Object Permanence from labeled videos. We explain why this learning problem should be dissected into four components, where objects are (1) visible, (2) occluded, (3) contained by another object and (4) carried by a containing object. The fourth subtask, where a target object is carried by a containing object, is particularly challenging because it requires a system to reason about a moving location of an invisible object. We then present a unified deep architecture that learns to predict object location under these four scenarios. We evaluate the architecture and system on a new dataset based on CATER, with per-frame labels, and find that it outperforms previous localization methods and various baselines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Vision – ECCV 2020 - 16th European Conference, Proceedings
EditorsAndrea Vedaldi, Horst Bischof, Thomas Brox, Jan-Michael Frahm
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages35-50
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783030585167
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Event16th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2020 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Aug 202028 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12361 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference16th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period23/08/2028/08/20

Keywords

  • Object Permanence
  • Reasoning
  • Video Analysis

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