Learning Pixel Trajectories with Multiscale Contrastive Random Walks [article]

Zhangxing Bian, Allan Jabri, Alexei A. Efros, Andrew Owens
2022 arXiv   pre-print
A range of video modeling tasks, from optical flow to multiple object tracking, share the same fundamental challenge: establishing space-time correspondence. Yet, approaches that dominate each space differ. We take a step towards bridging this gap by extending the recent contrastive random walk formulation to much denser, pixel-level space-time graphs. The main contribution is introducing hierarchy into the search problem by computing the transition matrix between two frames in a coarse-to-fine
more » ... manner, forming a multiscale contrastive random walk when extended in time. This establishes a unified technique for self-supervised learning of optical flow, keypoint tracking, and video object segmentation. Experiments demonstrate that, for each of these tasks, the unified model achieves performance competitive with strong self-supervised approaches specific to that task. Project webpage: https://jasonbian97.github.io/flowwalk
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