AViNet: Diving Deep into Audio-Visual Saliency Prediction

12/11/2020 ∙ by Samyak Jain, et al. ∙ 4

We propose the AViNet architecture for audiovisual saliency prediction. AViNet is a fully convolutional encoder-decoder architecture. The encoder combines visual features learned for action recognition, with audio embeddings learned via an aural network designed to classify objects and scenes. The decoder infers a saliency map via trilinear interpolation and 3D convolutions, combining hierarchical features. The overall architecture is conceptually simple, causal, and runs in real-time (60 fps). AViNet outperforms the state-of-the-art on ten (seven audiovisual and three visual-only) datasets while surpassing human performance on the CC, SIM, and AUC metrics for the AVE dataset. Visual features maximally account for saliency on existing datasets with audio-only contributing to minor gains, except in specific contexts like social events. Our work, therefore, motivates the need to curate saliency datasets reflective of real-life, where both the visual and aural modalities complimentarily drive saliency. Our code and pre-trained models are available at https://github.com/samyak0210/VideoSaliency

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