HOST-ATS: automatic thumbnail selection with dashboard-controlled ML pipeline and dynamic user survey
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We present HOST-ATS, a holistic system for the automatic selection and evaluation of soccer video thumbnails, which is composed of a dashboard-controlled machine learning (ML) pipeline, and a dynamic user survey. The ML pipeline uses logo detection, close-up shot detection, face detection, image quality prediction, and blur detection to automatically select thumbnails from soccer videos in near real-time, and can be configured via a graphical user interface. The web-based dynamic user survey can be employed to qualitatively evaluate the thumbnails selected by the pipeline. The survey is fully configurable and easy to update via continuous integration, allowing for the dynamic aggregation of participant responses to different sets of multimedia assets. We demonstrate the configuration and execution of the ML pipeline via the custom dashboard, and the agile (re-)deployment of the user survey via Firebase and Heroku cloud service integrations, where the audience can interact with configuration parameter updates in real-time. Our experience with HOST-ATS shows that an automatic thumbnail selection system can yield highly attractive highlight clips, and can be used in conjunction with existing soccer broadcast practices in real-time.