First Workshop on Speech, Language and Audio in Multimedia (SLAM 2013)

Marseille, France
August 22-23, 2013

Audio Concept Ranking for Video Event Detection on User-Generated Content

Benjamin Elizalde (1), Mirco Ravanelli (2), Gerald Friedland (1)

(1) International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA
(2) Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy

Video event detection on user-generated content (UGC) aims to find videos that show an observable event such as a wedding ceremony or birthday party rather than an object, such as a wedding dress, or an audio concept, such as music, speech or clapping. Different events are better described by different concepts. Therefore, proper audio concept classification enhances the search for acoustic cues in this challenge. However, audio concepts for training are typically chosen and annotated by humans and are not necessarily relevant to a specific event or the distinguishing factor for a particular event. A typical ad-hoc annotation process ignores the complex characteristics of UGC audio, such as concept ambiguities, overlap, and duration. This paper presents a methodology to rank audio concepts based on relevance to the events and contribution to the ability to discriminate. A ranking measure guides an automatic selection of concepts in order to improve audio concept classification with the goal to improve video event detection. The ranking aids to determine and select the most relevant concepts for each event, to discard meaningless concepts, and to combine ambiguous sounds to enhance a concept, thereby suggesting a focus for annotation and a better understanding of the UGC audio. Experiments show an improvement of the audio concepts mean classification accuracy per frame as well as a better-defined diagonal in the confusion matrix and a higher relevance score. In terms of accuracy, the selection of top 40 audio concepts using our methodology outperforms the highest-accuracy-based selection by a relative 17.56% and a frame-frequency-based selection by 5.74%. In terms of relevance to the events, the ranking-based selection provided the highest score.

Index Terms: event detection, audio concept, user generated content, acoustic video processing.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Elizalde, Benjamin / Ravanelli, Mirco / Friedland, Gerald (2013): "Audio concept ranking for video event detection on user-generated content", In SLAM-2013, 9-14.