Unsupervised Deep Probabilistic Approach for Partial Point Cloud Registration

Guofeng Mei, Hao Tang, Xiaoshui Huang, Weijie Wang, Juan Liu, Jian Zhang, Luc Van Gool, Qiang Wu; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2023, pp. 13611-13620


Deep point cloud registration methods face challenges to partial overlaps and rely on labeled data. To address these issues, we propose UDPReg, an unsupervised deep probabilistic registration framework for point clouds with partial overlaps. Specifically, we first adopt a network to learn posterior probability distributions of Gaussian mixture models (GMMs) from point clouds. To handle partial point cloud registration, we apply the Sinkhorn algorithm to predict the distribution-level correspondences under the constraint of the mixing weights of GMMs. To enable unsupervised learning, we design three distribution consistency-based losses: self-consistency, cross-consistency, and local contrastive. The self-consistency loss is formulated by encouraging GMMs in Euclidean and feature spaces to share identical posterior distributions. The cross-consistency loss derives from the fact that the points of two partially overlapping point clouds belonging to the same clusters share the cluster centroids. The cross-consistency loss allows the network to flexibly learn a transformation-invariant posterior distribution of two aligned point clouds. The local contrastive loss facilitates the network to extract discriminative local features. Our UDPReg achieves competitive performance on the 3DMatch/3DLoMatch and ModelNet/ModelLoNet benchmarks.

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@InProceedings{Mei_2023_CVPR, author = {Mei, Guofeng and Tang, Hao and Huang, Xiaoshui and Wang, Weijie and Liu, Juan and Zhang, Jian and Van Gool, Luc and Wu, Qiang}, title = {Unsupervised Deep Probabilistic Approach for Partial Point Cloud Registration}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)}, month = {June}, year = {2023}, pages = {13611-13620} }