Residual Graph Convolutional Network (ResGCN) v1.0

1 Paper Details

Yi-Fan Song, Zhang Zhang, Caifeng Shan and Liang Wang. Stronger, Faster and More Explainable: A Graph Convolutional Baseline for Skeleton-based Action Recognition. ACM MultiMedia, 2020. [ACMMM 2020] [Arxiv Preprint]

The following pictures are the pipeline of ResGCNv1 and the illustration of PartAtt block, respectively.

2 Prerequisites

2.1 Libraries

This code is based on Python3 (anaconda, >=3.5) and PyTorch (>=1.2.0).

Other Python libraries are presented in the 'scripts/requirements.txt', which can be installed by

pip install -r scripts/requirements.txt

2.2 Experimental Dataset

Our models are experimented on the NTU RGB+D 60 & 120 datasets, which can be downloaded from

There are 302 samples of NTU RGB+D 60 and 532 samples of NTU RGB+D 120 need to be ignored, which are shown in the 'src/preprocess/ignore.txt'.

2.3 Pretrained Models

Several pretrained models are provided, which include ResGCN-N51, PA-ResGCN-N51, ResGCN-B19, and PA-ResGCN-B19 for the cross-subject (X-sub) and cross-view (X-view) benchmarks of the NTU RGB+D 60 dataset and the cross-subject (X-sub120) and cross-setup (X-set120) benchmarks of the NTU RGB+D 120 dataset.

These models can be downloaded from BaiduYun (Extraction code: d3ea) or GoogleDrive.

3 Parameters

Before training and evaluating, there are some parameters should be noticed.

  • (1) '--config' or '-c': The config of RA-GCN. You must use this parameter in the command line or the program will output an error. There are 8 configs given in the configs folder, which can be illustrated in the following tabel.
config 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005 1006 1007 1008
model N51 N51 N51 N51 B19 B19 B19 B19
benchmark Xsub Xview Xsub120 Xset120 Xsub Xview Xsub120 Xset120
config 1009 1010 1011 1012 1013 1014 1015 1016
model PA-N51 PA-N51 PA-N51 PA-N51 PA-B19 PA-B19 PA-B19 PA-B19
benchmark Xsub Xview Xsub120 Xset120 Xsub Xview Xsub120 Xset120
  • (2) '--work_dir' or '-w': The path to workdir, for saving checkpoints and other running files. Default is './workdir' in all config files.

  • (3) '--pretrained_path' or '-pp': The path to the downloaded pretrained models. Default is './pretrained' in all config files.

  • (4) '--resume' or '-r': Resume from the recent checkpoint ('<--work_dir>/checkpoint.pth.tar').

  • (5) '--evaluate' or '-e': Only evaluate models. You can choose the evaluating model according to the instructions.

  • (6) '--extract' or '-ex': Extract features from a trained model for visualization. Using this parameter will make a data file named 'extraction_<--config>.npz' at the './visualization' folder.

  • (7) '--visualization' or '-v': Show the information and details of a trained model. You should extract features by using <--extract> parameter before visualizing.

  • (8) '--dataset' or '-d': Choose the dataset. (Choice: [ntu-xsub, ntu-xview, ntu-xsub120, ntu-xset120])

  • (9) '--model_type' or '-mt': Choose the model. (Format: {attention}-resgcn-{structure}-{reduction}, attention: [pa, ca, fa, sa, pca, psa, None], structure: [b15, b19, b23, b29, n39, n51, n57, n75], reduction: [r1, r2, r4, r8, None], e.g., resgcn-b19, resgcn-n51-r4, pa-resgcn-b19, pa-resgcn-n51-r4)

Other parameters can be updated by modifying the corresponding config file in the 'configs' folder or using command line to send parameters to the model, and the parameter priority is command line > yaml config > default value.

4 Running

4.1 Modify Configs

Firstly, you should modify the 'path' parameters in all config files of the 'configs' folder.

A python file 'scripts/' will help you to do this. You need only to change three parameters in this file to your path to NTU datasets.

python scripts/ --path <path/to/save/preprocessed/data> --ntu60_path <path/to/ntu60/dataset> --ntu120_path <path/to/ntu120/dataset>

4.2 Generate Datasets

After modifing the path to datasets, please generate preprocessed datasets by using 'scripts/'.

bash scripts/

Or you can preprocess data (same as 2s-AGCN) by the following command (only the first time to use this benchmark). It may take you several hours.

python -c <config> -gd

where <config> is the config file name in the 'configs' folder, e.g., 1001.

Note: only training the NTU X-view benchmark with the PA-ResGCN-N51 (config: 1010) and PA-ResGCN-B19 (config: 1014) models require this preprocessed data.

4.3 Train

You can simply train the model by

python -c <config>

If you want to restart training from the saved checkpoint last time, you can run

python -c <config> -r

4.4 Evaluate

Before evaluating, you should ensure that the trained model corresponding the config is already existed in the <--pretrained_path> or '<--work_dir>' folder. Then run

python -c <config> -e

4.5 Visualization

To visualize the details of the trained model, you can run

python -c <config> -ex -v

where '-ex' can be removed if the data file 'extraction_<config>.npz' already exists in the './visualization' folder.

5 Results

Top-1 Accuracy for the provided models on NTU RGB+D 60 & 120 datasets.

models parameters NTU Xsub NTU Xview NTU Xsub120 NTU Xset120
ResGCN-N51 0.77M 89.1% 93.5% 84.0% 84.2%
ResGCN-B19 1.14M 90.3% 95.6% 86.6% 87.1%
PA-ResGCN-N51 3.26M 90.0% 94.8% 85.2% 85.7%
PA-ResGCN-B19 3.64M 90.9% 96.0% 87.3% 88.3%

6 Citation and Contact

If you have any question, please send e-mail to [email protected].

Please cite our paper when you use this code in your reseach.

  author    = {Song, Yi-Fan and Zhang, Zhang and Shan, Caifeng and Wang, Liang},
  title     = {Stronger, Faster and More Explainable: A Graph Convolutional Baseline for Skeleton-Based Action Recognition},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 28th ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACMMM)},
  pages     = {1625--1633},
  year      = {2020},
  isbn      = {9781450379885},
  publisher = {Association for Computing Machinery},
  address   = {New York, NY, USA},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.1145/3394171.3413802},