Towards 3D Human Pose Estimation in the Wild: A Weakly-Supervised Approach

Xingyi Zhou, Qixing Huang, Xiao Sun, Xiangyang Xue, Yichen Wei; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017, pp. 398-407


In this paper, we study the task of 3D human pose estimation in the wild. This task is challenging due to lack of training data, as existing datasets are either in the wild images with 2D pose or in the lab images with 3D pose. We propose a weakly-supervised transfer learning method that uses mixed 2D and 3D labels in a unified deep neutral network that presents two-stage cascaded structure. Our network augments a state-of-the-art 2D pose estimation sub-network with a 3D depth regression sub-network. Unlike previous two stage approaches that train the two sub-networks sequentially and separately, our training is end-to-end and fully exploits the correlation between the 2D pose and depth estimation sub-tasks. The deep features are better learnt through shared representations. In doing so, the 3D pose labels in controlled lab environments are transferred to in the wild images. In addition, we introduce a 3D geometric constraint to regularize the 3D pose prediction, which is effective in the absence of ground truth depth labels. Our method achieves competitive results on both 2D and 3D benchmarks.

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author = {Zhou, Xingyi and Huang, Qixing and Sun, Xiao and Xue, Xiangyang and Wei, Yichen},
title = {Towards 3D Human Pose Estimation in the Wild: A Weakly-Supervised Approach},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {Oct},
year = {2017}