Temporal Memory Relation Network for Workflow Recognition from Surgical Video

Yueming Jin, Yonghao Long, Cheng Chen, Zixu Zhao, Qi Dou, Pheng-Ann Heng

Automatic surgical workflow recognition is a key component for developing context-aware computer-assisted systems in the operating theatre. Previous works either jointly modeled the spatial features with short fixed-range temporal information, or separately learned visual and long temporal cues. In this paper, we propose a novel end-to-end temporal memory relation network (TMRNet) for relating long-range and multi-scale temporal patterns to augment the present features. We establish a long-range memory bank to serve as a memory cell storing the rich supportive information. Through our designed temporal variation layer, the supportive cues are further enhanced by multi-scale temporal-only convolutions. To effectively incorporate the two types of cues without disturbing the joint learning of spatio-temporal features, we introduce a non-local bank operator to attentively relate the past to the present. In this regard, our TMRNet enables the current feature to view the long-range temporal dependency, as well as tolerate complex temporal extents. We have extensively validated our approach on two benchmark surgical video datasets, M2CAI challenge dataset and Cholec80 dataset. Experimental results demonstrate the outstanding performance of our method, consistently exceeding the state-of-the-art methods by a large margin (e.g., 67.0% v.s. 78.9% Jaccard on Cholec80 dataset).

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