Structural-RNN: Deep Learning on Spatio-Temporal Graphs

Ashesh Jain, Amir R. Zamir, Silvio Savarese, Ashutosh Saxena

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spatial, temporal understanding 1] A --> C[Objects have correlated states,

interactions across space, time 2] A --> D[Prior knowledge improves

spatio-temporal reasoning 3] A --> E[Structural-RNN injects spatio-temporal

structures into neural networks 4] E --> F[Most previous approaches

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inference, training, flexibility 7] E --> I[Graph nodes represent components,

edges represent interactions 8] I --> J[Factor graphs used as

intermediate representation 9] J --> K[Semantic node groupings

allow sharing functions 10] J --> L[Factor nodes parameterized

by RNNs 11] L --> M[Node RNNs combine context

to predict labels 12] L --> N[Edge RNNs model evolving

interactions over time 12] E --> O[RNNs wired into bipartite

graph structure 13] E --> P[Generic approach, applies to

any spatio-temporal graph 14] E --> Q[Demonstrated on diverse problems:

human activity, motion, driving 15] Q --> R[Human motion graph of

interacting body parts 16] R --> S[Trained on motion capture

to predict next frame 17] R --> T[Generates realistic motion vs.

ERD, LSTM baselines 18] R --> U[Learned RNN cells encode

semantic motion concepts 19] U --> V[Cells correspond to left, right

leg motion 20] Q --> W[Allows manipulating structure of

learned neural networks 21] W --> X[Transferred leg RNNs generate

novel motion combinations 22] Q --> Y[Not possible with unstructured

giant neural network 23] Q --> Z[Impressive results on activity

recognition, driving anticipation 24] E --> AA[Principled way to transform

graphs into structured RNNs 25] E --> AB[Factor graphs as intermediate

representation 26] E --> AC[Scalable due to ability

to share factors 27] E --> AD[Can learn features from scratch

or use hand-designed 28] E --> AE[Source code made

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**Resume: **

**1.-** CNNs and RNNs have been successfully applied to spatial and temporal understanding, but don't capture rich spatio-temporal structures in the real world.

**2.-** Objects in a scene have correlated states and interactions that propagate across space and time, which humans exploit but algorithms often don't.

**3.-** Prior knowledge about spatio-temporal interactions can be incorporated into the design of learning algorithms to improve reasoning about what will happen next.

**4.-** Structural-RNN provides a principled way to inject high-level spatio-temporal structures into neural networks, combining the benefits of structured models and deep learning.

**5.-** Most previous structured deep learning approaches are problem-specific or don't address applications with both rich spatial and temporal interactions.

**6.-** Structural-RNN transforms a user-defined spatio-temporal interaction graph capturing algorithmic priors into a rich structure of recurrent neural networks.

**7.-** Benefits include combining structure with deep learning, simple feed-forward inference, end-to-end training, and flexibility to modify the spatio-temporal graph.

**8.-** The spatio-temporal graph's nodes represent problem components, edges represent interactions. Features are carried on nodes and edges at each time step.

**9.-** Factor graphs are used as an intermediate representation. Node factors are defined for each node, edge factors for spatial and temporal edges.

**10.-** Semantic groupings of nodes allow sharing factor functions, improving scalability. Factor nodes of the same type share functions as the graph unrolls.

**11.-** Factor nodes are parameterized by RNNs - node factors become node RNNs, edge factors become spatial and temporal edge RNNs.

**12.-** Node RNNs combine contextual information to predict labels. Spatial and temporal edge RNNs model evolving interactions over time.

**13.-** RNNs are wired into a bipartite graph structure, with edge RNNs modeling individual interactions and node RNNs combining them to make predictions.

**14.-** The approach is generic and can be applied to any spatio-temporal graph. Training uses edge features as RNN inputs to predict labels.

**15.-** Structural-RNN is demonstrated on diverse spatio-temporal problems with different data modalities - human activity, human motion, and driving maneuver anticipation.

**16.-** Human motion has a graph structure of interacting body parts generating complex motions. Joint angles are node features.

**17.-** A motion capture dataset was used to train the model to predict the next frame given the current one.

**18.-** Structural-RNN generates more natural and realistic looking predicted motion compared to baselines like ERD and LSTM.

**19.-** Analysis revealed semantic concepts encoded in the learned RNN memory cells, such as right arm cells firing when moving the hand near the face.

**20.-** Other semantic cells were found corresponding to left and right leg motion, activating when the respective leg moved forward.

**21.-** The high-level priors in the spatio-temporal graph allow manipulating the structure of the learned neural networks in interesting ways.

**22.-** Leg RNNs from a slow motion model were transferred into a fast motion model, generating novel combinations of motion patterns.

**23.-** Such high-level manipulations are not possible with a single unstructured giant neural network.

**24.-** Impressive results were also obtained on the other applications of human activity recognition and driving maneuver anticipation.

**25.-** The Structural-RNN approach provides a generic, principled way to transform spatio-temporal graphs into structured recurrent neural networks.

**26.-** Factor graphs serve as an intermediate representation in the transformation from the interaction graph to the RNN structure.

**27.-** The approach is scalable due to the ability to share factors, reducing the number of learnable parameters.

**28.-** Models can be trained end-to-end to learn features from scratch, or can incorporate hand-designed input features.

**29.-** Source code for the Structural-RNN approach has been made publicly available online.

**30.-** Structural-RNN allows injecting high-level spatio-temporal structures and priors into deep networks and demonstrates benefits on several diverse problems.

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