Towards Robust Visual Tracking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with Tri-Attentional Correlation Filters


Object tracking has been broadly applied in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) tasks in recent years. However, existing algorithms still face difficulties such as partial occlusion, clutter background, and other challenging visual factors. Inspired by the cutting-edge attention mechanisms, a new visual tracking framework leveraging multi-level visual attention to make full use of the information during tracking. Three primary attention, i.e., contextual attention, dimensional attention, and spatiotemporal attention, are integrated into the training and detection stages of correlation filter-based tracking pipeline. Therefore, the proposed tracker is equipped with robust discriminative power against challenging factors while maintains high operational efficiency in UAV scenarios. Quantitative and qualitative experiments on two well-known benchmark with 173 challenging UAV video sequences demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed framework. The proposed tracking algorithm compares favorably against state-of-the-art methods, yielding 4.8% relative gain in UAVDT and 8.2% relative gain in UAV123@10fps against the baseline tracker while operating at the speed of ∼28 frames per second

In Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Las Vegas, USA, pp.1-8, 2020.

TACF_workflow The main workflow of the TACF tracker.

Yujie He
MSc in Robotics at EPFL, Switzerland