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Open-World Video Instance Segmentation and Captioning: Detecting, Tracking, and Describing Previously Unseen Objects in Videos

Core Concepts
OW-VISCap simultaneously detects, segments, tracks, and generates rich object-centric captions for both previously seen and unseen objects in videos, without requiring additional user inputs or prompts.
The paper introduces OW-VISCap, an approach for open-world video instance segmentation and captioning. Key highlights: Open-World Object Queries: OW-VISCap introduces open-world object queries in addition to closed-world object queries to enable discovery of previously unseen objects without requiring additional user inputs or prompts. Masked Attention for Object-Centric Captioning: The captioning head in OW-VISCap uses masked attention in an object-to-text transformer to generate more object-centric captions, focusing on local object features while incorporating overall context. Inter-Query Contrastive Loss: OW-VISCap uses an inter-query contrastive loss to ensure the object queries differ from each other, helping in removing overlapping false positives and encouraging discovery of new objects. Evaluation: OW-VISCap is evaluated on three tasks - open-world video instance segmentation, dense video object captioning, and closed-world video instance segmentation. It matches or surpasses state-of-the-art performance on these tasks.
The trailer truck (top row) and the lawn mower (bottom row) in Fig. 1 are never seen during training. OW-VISCap improves the open-world tracking accuracy (OWTA) on uncommon categories by ~6% on the BURST validation set and ~4% on the BURST test set compared to the next best method. OW-VISCap improves the captioning accuracy (CapA) by ~7% on the VidSTG dataset compared to DVOC-DS. On the closed-world OVIS dataset, OW-VISCap achieves an AP score of 25.4 compared to 25.8 for the recent state-of-the-art CAROQ.
"Open-world video instance segmentation (OW-VIS) involves detecting, segmenting and tracking previously seen or unseen objects in a video." "We introduce open-world object queries, in addition to closed-world object queries used in prior work [8]. This encourages discovery of never before seen open-world objects without compromising the closed-world performance much." "We use masked cross attention in an object-to-text transformer in the captioning head to generate object-centric text queries, that are then used by a frozen large language model (LLM) to produce an object-centric caption." "We introduce an inter-query contrastive loss for both open- and closed-world object queries. It encourages the object queries to differ from one another."

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by Anwesa Choud... at 04-05-2024

Deeper Inquiries

How can OW-VISCap be extended to handle long-term temporal dependencies and track objects that leave and re-enter the scene

To extend OW-VISCap to handle long-term temporal dependencies and track objects that leave and re-enter the scene, we can incorporate a memory mechanism in the object queries. By storing information about previously seen objects and their trajectories, the model can better track objects over time, even when they temporarily exit the scene. This memory can be updated and refined as new frames are processed, allowing the model to maintain continuity in tracking objects across frames. Additionally, incorporating a mechanism for temporal association between object queries in consecutive frames can help in maintaining object identities over time, even in the presence of occlusions or temporary disappearances.

What are the potential limitations of the open-world object queries and how can they be further improved to enhance the discovery of unseen objects

One potential limitation of open-world object queries is their reliance on equally spaced points as prompts for discovering new objects. This approach may not capture all relevant regions in the video frames, potentially leading to missed detections of unseen objects. To enhance the discovery of unseen objects, we can explore adaptive sampling strategies that prioritize regions with high objectness scores or areas of significant change between frames. Additionally, incorporating contextual information from neighboring frames or leveraging motion cues can help in identifying novel objects that may not be apparent in individual frames. By enhancing the diversity and coverage of the prompts used to generate open-world object queries, we can improve the model's ability to discover previously unseen objects more effectively.

How can the proposed approach be adapted to handle dynamic scenes with multiple interacting objects and complex activities

Adapting the proposed approach to handle dynamic scenes with multiple interacting objects and complex activities can be achieved by incorporating a more sophisticated object association mechanism. By considering the spatial and temporal relationships between objects, the model can better understand object interactions and activities in the scene. This can involve modeling object trajectories, predicting future object locations based on past motion patterns, and identifying group behaviors or interactions between objects. Additionally, integrating a mechanism for semantic segmentation to distinguish between different object categories and their interactions can enhance the model's ability to capture complex activities in dynamic scenes. By combining object-centric captioning with detailed object tracking and segmentation, the model can provide rich descriptions of complex activities involving multiple interacting objects.