SPLATNet: Sparse Lattice Networks for Point Cloud Processing

Hang Su, Varun Jampani, Deqing Sun, Subhransu Maji, Evangelos Kalogerakis, Ming-Hsuan Yang, Jan Kautz; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2018, pp. 2530-2539

Abstract


We present a network architecture for processing point clouds that directly operates on a collection of points represented as a sparse set of samples in a high-dimensional lattice. Naively applying convolutions on this lattice scales poorly, both in terms of memory and computational cost, as the size of the lattice increases. Instead, our network uses sparse bilateral convolutional layers as building blocks. These layers maintain efficiency by using indexing structures to apply convolutions only on occupied parts of the lattice, and allow flexible specifications of the lattice structure enabling hierarchical and spatially-aware feature learning, as well as joint 2D-3D reasoning. Both point-based and image-based representations can be easily incorporated in a network with such layers and the resulting model can be trained in an end-to-end manner. We present results on 3D segmentation tasks where our approach outperforms existing state-of-the-art techniques.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Su_2018_CVPR,
author = {Su, Hang and Jampani, Varun and Sun, Deqing and Maji, Subhransu and Kalogerakis, Evangelos and Yang, Ming-Hsuan and Kautz, Jan},
title = {SPLATNet: Sparse Lattice Networks for Point Cloud Processing},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2018}
}