HEMlets Pose: Learning Part-Centric Heatmap Triplets for Accurate 3D Human Pose Estimation

Kun Zhou, Xiaoguang Han, Nianjuan Jiang, Kui Jia, Jiangbo Lu; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019, pp. 2344-2353

Abstract


Estimating 3D human pose from a single image is a challenging task. This work attempts to address the uncertainty of lifting the detected 2D joints to the 3D space by introducing an intermediate state - Part-Centric Heatmap Triplets (HEMlets), which shortens the gap between the 2D observation and the 3D interpretation. The HEMlets utilize three joint-heatmaps to represent the relative depth information of the end-joints for each skeletal body part. In our approach, a Convolutional Network(ConvNet) is first trained to predict HEMlests from the input image, followed by a volumetric joint-heatmap regression. We leverage on the integral operation to extract the joint locations from the volumetric heatmaps, guaranteeing end-to-end learning. Despite the simplicity of the network design, the quantitative comparisons show a significant performance improvement over the best-of-grade method (by 20% on Human3.6M). The proposed method naturally supports training with "in-the-wild" images, where only weakly-annotated relative depth information of skeletal joints is available. This further improves the generalization ability of our model, as validated by qualitative comparisons on outdoor images.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Zhou_2019_ICCV,
author = {Zhou, Kun and Han, Xiaoguang and Jiang, Nianjuan and Jia, Kui and Lu, Jiangbo},
title = {HEMlets Pose: Learning Part-Centric Heatmap Triplets for Accurate 3D Human Pose Estimation},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {October},
year = {2019}
}