International Journal of Computer Vision

, Volume 122, Issue 3, pp 484–501

Learning Optimal Parameters for Multi-target Tracking with Contextual Interactions


DOI: 10.1007/s11263-016-0960-z

Cite this article as:
Wang, S. & Fowlkes, C.C. Int J Comput Vis (2017) 122: 484. doi:10.1007/s11263-016-0960-z


We describe an end-to-end framework for learning parameters of min-cost flow multi-target tracking problem with quadratic trajectory interactions including suppression of overlapping tracks and contextual cues about co-occurrence of different objects. Our approach utilizes structured prediction with a tracking-specific loss function to learn the complete set of model parameters. In this learning framework, we evaluate two different approaches to finding an optimal set of tracks under a quadratic model objective, one based on an linear program (LP) relaxation and the other based on novel greedy variants of dynamic programming that handle pairwise interactions. We find the greedy algorithms achieve almost equivalent accuracy to the LP relaxation while being up to 10\(\times \) faster than a commercial LP solver. We evaluate trained models on three challenging benchmarks. Surprisingly, we find that with proper parameter learning, our simple data association model without explicit appearance/motion reasoning is able to achieve comparable or better accuracy than many state-of-the-art methods that use far more complex motion features or appearance affinity metric learning.


Multi-target tracking Data association Network-flow Structured prediction 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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