GASP is a multimodal social cue integration model for dynamic (video) saliency prediction. It combines the representations of existing social cue detectors (gaze estimation, gaze following, facial expression recognition, and audiovisual saliency prediction) and attends to the most conspicious region.

Saliency prediction refers to the computational task of modeling overt attention. Social cues greatly influence our attention, consequently altering our eye movements and behavior. To emphasize the efficacy of such features, we present a neural model for integrating social cues and weighting their influences. Our model consists of two stages. During the first stage, we detect two social cues by following gaze, estimating gaze direction, and recognizing affect. These features are then transformed into spatiotemporal maps through image processing operations. The transformed representations are propagated to the second stage (GASP) where we explore various techniques of late fusion for integrating social cues and introduce two sub-networks for directing attention to relevant stimuli. Our experiments indicate that fusion approaches achieve better results for static integration methods, whereas non-fusion approaches for which the influence of each modality is unknown, result in better outcomes when coupled with recurrent models for dynamic saliency prediction. We show that gaze direction and affective representations contribute a prediction to ground-truth correspondence improvement of at least 5% compared to dynamic saliency models without social cues. Furthermore, affective representations improve GASP, supporting the necessity of considering affect-biased attention in predicting saliency.



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    GASP: Gated Attention for Saliency Prediction
    Fares Abawi, Tom Weber, and Stefan Wermter
    In Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-21), 2021