Embodied Question Answering in Photorealistic Environments With Point Cloud Perception

Erik Wijmans, Samyak Datta, Oleksandr Maksymets, Abhishek Das, Georgia Gkioxari, Stefan Lee, Irfan Essa, Devi Parikh, Dhruv Batra; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2019, pp. 6659-6668

Abstract


To help bridge the gap between internet vision-style problems and the goal of vision for embodied perception we instantiate a large-scale navigation task -- Embodied Question Answering [1] in photo-realistic environments (Matterport 3D). We thoroughly study navigation policies that utilize 3D point clouds, RGB images, or their combination. Our analysis of these models reveals several key findings. We find that two seemingly naive navigation baselines, forward-only and random, are strong navigators and challenging to outperform, due to the specific choice of the evaluation setting presented by [1]. We find a novel loss-weighting scheme we call Inflection Weighting to be important when training recurrent models for navigation with behavior cloning and are able to out perform the baselines with this technique. We find that point clouds provide a richer signal than RGB images for learning obstacle avoidance, motivating the use (and continued study) of 3D deep learning models for embodied navigation.

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@InProceedings{Wijmans_2019_CVPR,
author = {Wijmans, Erik and Datta, Samyak and Maksymets, Oleksandr and Das, Abhishek and Gkioxari, Georgia and Lee, Stefan and Essa, Irfan and Parikh, Devi and Batra, Dhruv},
title = {Embodied Question Answering in Photorealistic Environments With Point Cloud Perception},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2019}
}