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Summarization of User-Generated Sports Video by Using Deep Action Recognition Features

On December 14th at 12:00, Virtual seminar.

Marcos de Rodrigo, researcher at the GTI, delivered a virtual seminar on the paper “Summarization of User-Generated Sports Video by Using Deep Action Recognition Features" authored by A. Tejero-de-Pablos, Y. Nakashima, T. Sato, N. Yokoya, M. Linna, and E. Rahtu et al. published in IEEE Transactions on Multimedia on August 2018.


Automatically generating a summary of a sports video poses the challenge of detecting interesting moments, or highlights, of a game. Traditional sports video summarization methods leverage editing conventions of broadcast sports video that facilitate the extraction of high-level semantics. However, user-generated videos are not edited and, thus, traditional methods are not suitable to generate a summary. In order to solve this problem, this paper proposes a novel video summarization method that uses players' actions as a cue to determine the highlights of the original video. A deep neural-network-based approach is used to extract two types of action-related features and to classify video segments into interesting or uninteresting parts. The proposed method can be applied to any sports in which games consist of a succession of actions. Especially, this paper considers the case of Kendo (Japanese fencing) as an example of a sport to evaluate the proposed method. The method is trained using Kendo videos with ground truth labels that indicate the video highlights. The labels are provided by annotators possessing a different experience with respect to Kendo to demonstrate how the proposed method adapts to different needs. The performance of the proposed method is compared with several combinations of different features, and the results show that it outperforms previous summarization methods.