Object Instance Identification in Dynamic Environments


We study the problem of identifying object instances in a dynamic environment where people interact with the objects. In such an environment, objects’ appearance changes dynamically by interaction with other entities, occlusion by hands, background change, etc. This leads to a larger intra-instance variation of appearance than in static environments. To discover the challenges in this setting, we newly built a benchmark of more than 1,500 instances built on the EPIC-KITCHENS dataset which includes natural activities and conducted an extensive analysis of it. Experimental results suggest that (i) robustness against instance-specific appearance change (ii) integration of low-level (e.g., color, texture) and high-level (e.g., object category) features (iii) foreground feature selection on overlapping objects are required for further improvement.

Proceedings of the Tenth International Workshop on Egocentric Perception, Interaction and Computing (EPIC 2022 at CVPR 2022, extended abstract)