Making DensePose Fast and Light

Ruslan Rakhimov, Emil Bogomolov, Alexandr Notchenko, Fung Mao, Alexey Artemov, Denis Zorin, Evgeny Burnaev; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2021, pp. 1869-1877


DensePose estimation task is a significant step forward for enhancing user experience computer vision applications ranging from augmented reality to cloth fitting. Existing neural network models capable of solving this task are heavily parameterized and a long way from being transferred to an embedded or mobile device. To enable Dense Pose inference on the end device with current models, one needs to support an expensive server-side infrastructure and have a stable internet connection. To make things worse, mobile and embedded devices do not always have a powerful GPU inside. In this work, we target the problem of redesigning the DensePose R-CNN model's architecture so that the final network retains most of its accuracy but becomes more light-weight and fast. To achieve that, we tested and incorporated many deep learning innovations from recent years, specifically performing an ablation study on 23 efficient backbone architectures, multiple two-stage detection pipeline modifications, and custom model quantization methods. As a result, we achieved 17 times model size reduction and 2 times latency improvement compared to the baseline model.

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@InProceedings{Rakhimov_2021_WACV, author = {Rakhimov, Ruslan and Bogomolov, Emil and Notchenko, Alexandr and Mao, Fung and Artemov, Alexey and Zorin, Denis and Burnaev, Evgeny}, title = {Making DensePose Fast and Light}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)}, month = {January}, year = {2021}, pages = {1869-1877} }