Learning Privacy-Preserving Optics for Human Pose Estimation

Carlos Hinojosa, Juan Carlos Niebles, Henry Arguello; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2021, pp. 2573-2582


The widespread use of always-connected digital cameras in our everyday life has led to increasing concerns about the users' privacy and security. How to develop privacy-preserving computer vision systems? In particular, we want to prevent the camera from obtaining detailed visual data that may contain private information. However, we also want the camera to capture useful information to perform computer vision tasks. Inspired by the trend of jointly designing optics and algorithms, we tackle the problem of privacy-preserving human pose estimation by optimizing an optical encoder (hardware-level protection) with a software decoder (convolutional neural network) in an end-to-end framework. We introduce a visual privacy protection layer in our optical encoder that, parametrized appropriately, enables the optimization of the camera lens's point spread function (PSF). We validate our approach with extensive simulations and a prototype camera. We show that our privacy-preserving deep optics approach successfully degrades or inhibits private attributes while maintaining important features to perform human pose estimation.

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@InProceedings{Hinojosa_2021_ICCV, author = {Hinojosa, Carlos and Niebles, Juan Carlos and Arguello, Henry}, title = {Learning Privacy-Preserving Optics for Human Pose Estimation}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)}, month = {October}, year = {2021}, pages = {2573-2582} }