Neural Deformation Graphs for Globally-Consistent Non-Rigid Reconstruction

Aljaz Bozic, Pablo Palafox, Michael Zollhofer, Justus Thies, Angela Dai, Matthias Niessner; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2021, pp. 1450-1459


We introduce Neural Deformation Graphs for globally-consistent deformation tracking and 3D reconstruction of non-rigid objects. Specifically, we implicitly model a deformation graph via a deep neural network. This neural deformation graph does not rely on any object-specific structure and, thus, can be applied to general non-rigid deformation tracking. Our method globally optimizes this neural graph on a given sequence of depth camera observations of a non-rigidly moving object. Based on explicit viewpoint consistency as well as inter-frame graph and surface consistency constraints, the underlying network is trained in a self-supervised fashion. We additionally optimize for the geometry of the object with an implicit deformable multi-MLP shape representation. Our approach does not assume sequential input data, thus enabling robust tracking of fast motions or even temporally disconnected recordings. Our experiments demonstrate that our Neural Deformation Graphs outperform state-of-the-art non-rigid reconstruction approaches both qualitatively and quantitatively, with 64% improved reconstruction and 54% improved deformation tracking performance. Code is publicly available.

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@InProceedings{Bozic_2021_CVPR, author = {Bozic, Aljaz and Palafox, Pablo and Zollhofer, Michael and Thies, Justus and Dai, Angela and Niessner, Matthias}, title = {Neural Deformation Graphs for Globally-Consistent Non-Rigid Reconstruction}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)}, month = {June}, year = {2021}, pages = {1450-1459} }