Andrew Zisserman's research while affiliated with University of Oxford and other places

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The goal of this work is to detect and recognize sequences of letters signed using fingerspelling in British Sign Language (BSL). Previous fingerspelling recognition methods have not focused on BSL, which has a very different signing alphabet (e.g., two-handed instead of one-handed) to American Sign Language (ASL). They also use manual annotations...
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Generic motion understanding from video involves not only tracking objects, but also perceiving how their surfaces deform and move. This information is useful to make inferences about 3D shape, physical properties and object interactions. While the problem of tracking arbitrary physical points on surfaces over longer video clips has received some a...
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Recently, sign language researchers have turned to sign language interpreted TV broadcasts, comprising (i) a video of continuous signing and (ii) subtitles corresponding to the audio content, as a readily available and large-scale source of training data. One key challenge in the usability of such data is the lack of sign annotations. Previous work...
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Detecting occluded objects still remains a challenge for state-of-the-art object detectors. The objective of this work is to improve the detection for such objects, and thereby improve the overall performance of a modern object detector. To this end we make the following four contributions: (1) We propose a simple 'plugin' module for the detection...
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The objective of this paper is audio-visual synchronisation of general videos 'in the wild'. For such videos, the events that may be harnessed for synchronisation cues may be spatially small and may occur only infrequently during a many seconds-long video clip, i.e. the synchronisation signal is 'sparse in space and time'. This contrasts with the c...
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The objective of this paper is an efficient training method for video tasks. We make three contributions: (1) We propose Turbo training, a simple and versatile training paradigm for Transformers on multiple video tasks. (2) We illustrate the advantages of Turbo training on action classification, video-language representation learning, and long-vide...
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Experience and reasoning occur across multiple temporal scales: milliseconds, seconds, hours or days. The vast majority of computer vision research, however, still focuses on individual images or short videos lasting only a few seconds. This is because handling longer videos require more scalable approaches even to process them. In this work, we pr...
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The promise of self-supervised learning (SSL) is to leverage large amounts of unlabeled data to solve complex tasks. While there has been excellent progress with simple, image-level learning, recent methods have shown the advantage of including knowledge of image structure. However, by introducing hand-crafted image segmentations to define regions...
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This paper proposes a novel transformer-based model architecture for medical imaging problems involving analysis of vertebrae. It considers two applications of such models in MR images: (a) detection of spinal metastases and the related conditions of vertebral fractures and metastatic cord compression, (b) radiological grading of common degenerativ...
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In this paper, we consider the problem of generalised visual object counting, with the goal of developing a computational model for counting the number of objects from arbitrary semantic categories, using arbitrary number of "exemplars", i.e. zero-shot or few-shot counting. To this end, we make the following four contributions: (1) We introduce a n...
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Recently, sign language researchers have turned to sign language interpreted TV broadcasts, comprising (i) a video of continuous signing and (ii) subtitles corresponding to the audio content, as a readily available and large-scale source of training data. One key challenge in the usability of such data is the lack of sign annotations. Previous work...
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The objective of this work is to learn an object-centric video representation, with the aim of improving transferability to novel tasks, i.e., tasks different from the pre-training task of action classification. To this end, we introduce a new object-centric video recognition model based on a transformer architecture. The model learns a set of obje...
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The objective of this paper is a model that is able to discover, track and segment multiple moving objects in a video. We make four contributions: First, we introduce an object-centric segmentation model with a depth-ordered layer representation. This is implemented using a variant of the transformer architecture that ingests optical flow, where ea...
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This paper proposes a novel transformer-based model architecture for medical imaging problems involving analysis of vertebrae. It considers two applications of such models in MR images: (a) detection of spinal metastases and the related conditions of vertebral fractures and metastatic cord compression, (b) radiological grading of common degenerativ...
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The focus of this work is sign spotting –given a video of an isolated sign, our task is to identify whether and where it has been signed in a continuous, co-articulated sign language video. To achieve this sign spotting task, we train a model using multiple types of available supervision by: (1) watching existing footage which is sparsely labelled...
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Our goal in this paper is the adaptation of image-text models for long video retrieval. Recent works have demonstrated state-of-the-art performance in video retrieval by adopting CLIP, effectively hitchhiking on the image-text representation for video tasks. However, there has been limited success in learning temporal aggregation that outperform me...
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The focus of this work is $\textit{sign spotting}$ - given a video of an isolated sign, our task is to identify $\textit{whether}$ and $\textit{where}$ it has been signed in a continuous, co-articulated sign language video. To achieve this sign spotting task, we train a model using multiple types of available supervision by: (1) $\textit{watching}$...
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This technical report presents SpineNetV2, an automated tool which: (i) detects and labels vertebral bodies in clinical spinal magnetic resonance (MR) scans across a range of commonly used sequences; and (ii) performs radiological grading of lumbar intervertebral discs in T2-weighted scans for a range of common degenerative changes. SpineNetV2 impr...
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Building models that can be rapidly adapted to numerous tasks using only a handful of annotated examples is an open challenge for multimodal machine learning research. We introduce Flamingo, a family of Visual Language Models (VLM) with this ability. Flamingo models include key architectural innovations to: (i) bridge powerful pretrained vision-onl...
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The objective of this paper is a temporal alignment network that ingests long term video sequences, and associated text sentences, in order to: (1) determine if a sentence is alignable with the video; and (2) if it is alignable, then determine its alignment. The challenge is to train such networks from large-scale datasets, such as HowTo100M, where...
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The promise of self-supervised learning (SSL) is to leverage large amounts of unlabeled data to solve complex tasks. While there has been excellent progress with simple, image-level learning, recent methods have shown the advantage of including knowledge of image structure. However, by introducing hand-crafted image segmentations to define regions...
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General perception systems such as Perceivers can process arbitrary modalities in any combination and are able to handle up to a few hundred thousand inputs. They achieve this generality by exclusively using global attention operations. This however hinders them from scaling up to the inputs sizes required to process raw high-resolution images or v...
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The third instalment of the VoxCeleb Speaker Recognition Challenge was held in conjunction with Interspeech 2021. The aim of this challenge was to assess how well current speaker recognition technology is able to diarise and recognise speakers in unconstrained or `in the wild' data. The challenge consisted of: (i) the provision of publicly availabl...
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In this paper, we consider a highly general image recognition setting wherein, given a labelled and unlabelled set of images, the task is to categorize all images in the unlabelled set. Here, the unlabelled images may come from labelled classes or from novel ones. Existing recognition methods are not able to deal with this setting, because they mak...
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The objective of this paper is few-shot object detection (FSOD) -- the task of expanding an object detector for a new category given only a few instances for training. We introduce a simple pseudo-labelling method to source high-quality pseudo-annotations from the training set, for each new category, vastly increasing the number of training instanc...
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In this paper, we consider the problem of audio-visual synchronisation applied to videos `in-the-wild' (ie of general classes beyond speech). As a new task, we identify and curate a test set with high audio-visual correlation, namely VGG-Sound Sync. We compare a number of transformer-based architectural variants specifically designed to model audio...
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We explore 3D reconstruction using a generalist perception model, the recent Perceiver IO which ingests a matrix of unordered and flattened inputs (e.g. pixels). The model is interrogated using a query matrix and generates an output for every query -- in this paper the outputs are depth values for all pixels of the input image pair. We incorporate...
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Biological visual systems are exceptionally good at perceiving objects that undergo changes in appearance, pose, and position. In this paper, we aim to train a computational model with similar functionality to segment the moving objects in videos. We target the challenging cases when objects are "invisible" in the RGB video sequence-for example, br...
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In this paper, we present a framework for reading analog clocks in natural images or videos. Specifically, we make the following contributions: First, we create a scalable pipeline for generating synthetic clocks, significantly reducing the requirements for the labour-intensive annotations; Second, we introduce a clock recognition architecture base...
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Large video datasets of wild animal behavior are crucial to produce longitudinal research and accelerate conser-vation efforts; however, large-scale behavior analyses continue to be severely constrained by time and resources. We present a deep convolutional neural network approach and fully automated pipeline to detect and track two audiovisually d...
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Objectives We aimed to improve understanding of the role of imaging in diagnosis of low back pain by determining the prevalence of age-related disc degeneration in asymptomatic and symptomatic subjects. Spinal MRIs of symptomatic and asymptomatic subjects were re-annotated onto the same objective grading system and prevalence of degenerative change...
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In this work, we introduce the BBC-Oxford British Sign Language (BOBSL) dataset, a large-scale video collection of British Sign Language (BSL). BOBSL is an extended and publicly released dataset based on the BSL-1K dataset introduced in previous work. We describe the motivation for the dataset, together with statistics and available annotations. We...
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Archival research is haunted by the question of how complete are the archival fonds being consulted. In this article, we describe how we have used a combination of pattern-matching and face-recognition to evaluate the completeness of the Jacques Toussele photographic archive which was established as part of the Endangered Archives Programme at the...
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In egocentric videos, actions occur in quick succession. We capitalise on the action's temporal context and propose a method that learns to attend to surrounding actions in order to improve recognition performance. To incorporate the temporal context, we propose a transformer-based multimodal model that ingests video and audio as input modalities,...
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In this paper, we consider the task of spotting spoken keywords in silent video sequences -- also known as visual keyword spotting. To this end, we investigate Transformer-based models that ingest two streams, a visual encoding of the video and a phonetic encoding of the keyword, and output the temporal location of the keyword if present. Our contr...
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The goal of this paper is to learn strong lip reading models that can recognise speech in silent videos. Most prior works deal with the open-set visual speech recognition problem by adapting existing automatic speech recognition techniques on top of trivially pooled visual features. Instead, in this paper we focus on the unique challenges encounter...
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The ability to identify whether or not a test sample belongs to one of the semantic classes in a classifier's training set is critical to practical deployment of the model. This task is termed open-set recognition (OSR) and has received significant attention in recent years. In this paper, we first demonstrate that the ability of a classifier to ma...
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Computer vision has long relied on ImageNet and other large datasets of images sampled from the Internet for pretraining models. However, these datasets have ethical and technical shortcomings, such as containing personal information taken without consent, unclear license usage, biases, and, in some cases, even problematic image content. On the oth...
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This paper explores the use of self-supervised deep learning in medical imaging in cases where two scan modalities are available for the same subject. Specifically, we use a large publicly-available dataset of over 20,000 subjects from the UK Biobank with both whole body Dixon technique magnetic resonance (MR) scans and also dual-energy x-ray absor...
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The recently-proposed Perceiver model obtains good results on several domains (images, audio, multimodal, point clouds) while scaling linearly in compute and memory with the input size. While the Perceiver supports many kinds of inputs, it can only produce very simple outputs such as class scores. Perceiver IO overcomes this limitation without sacr...
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This paper explores the use of self-supervised deep learning in medical imaging in cases where two scan modalities are available for the same subject. Specifically, we use a large publicly-available dataset of over 20,000 subjects from the UK Biobank with both whole body Dixon technique magnetic resonance (MR) scans and also dual-energy x-ray absor...
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Although synthetic training data has been shown to be beneficial for tasks such as human pose estimation, its use for RGB human action recognition is relatively unexplored. Our goal in this work is to answer the question whether synthetic humans can improve the performance of human action recognition , with a particular focus on generalization to u...
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We tackle the problem of discovering novel classes in an image collection given labelled examples of other classes. We present a new approach called AutoNovel to address this problem by combining three ideas: (1) we suggest that the common approach of bootstrapping an image representation using the labelled data only introduces an unwanted bias, an...
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We tackle the problem of discovering novel classes in an image collection given labelled examples of other classes. We present a new approach called AutoNovel to address this problem by combining three ideas: (1) we suggest that the common approach of bootstrapping an image representation using the labelled data only introduces an unwanted bias,...
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Neural radiance fields (NeRF) methods have demonstrated impressive novel view synthesis performance. The core approach is to render individual rays by querying a neural network at points sampled along the ray to obtain the density and colour of the sampled points, and integrating this information using the rendering equation. Since dense sampling i...
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In this work, we propose a framework to collect a large-scale, diverse sign language dataset that can be used to train automatic sign language recognition models.The first contribution of this work is SDTrack, a generic method for signer tracking and diarisation in the wild. Our second contribution is SeeHear, a dataset of 90 hours of British Sign...
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The objective of this work is person-clustering in videos -- grouping characters according to their identity. Previous methods focus on the narrower task of face-clustering, and for the most part ignore other cues such as the person's voice, their overall appearance (hair, clothes, posture), and the editing structure of the videos. Similarly, most...
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Computer vision is increasingly effective at segmenting objects in images and videos; however, scene effects related to the objects---shadows, reflections, generated smoke, etc---are typically overlooked. Identifying such scene effects and associating them with the objects producing them is important for improving our fundamental understanding of v...
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The goal of this work is to temporally align asynchronous subtitles in sign language videos. In particular, we focus on sign-language interpreted TV broadcast data comprising (i) a video of continuous signing, and (ii) subtitles corresponding to the audio content. Previous work exploiting such weakly-aligned data only considered finding keyword-sig...
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Self-supervised learning algorithms based on instance discrimination train encoders to be invariant to pre-defined transformations of the same instance. While most methods treat different views of the same image as positives for a contrastive loss, we are interested in using positives from other instances in the dataset. Our method, Nearest-Neighbo...
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Our objective in this work is fine-grained classification of actions in untrimmed videos, where the actions may be temporally extended or may span only a few frames of the video. We cast this into a query-response mechanism, where each query addresses a particular question, and has its own response label set. We make the following four contribution...