Multi-Path Learning for Object Pose Estimation Across Domains

Martin Sundermeyer, Maximilian Durner, En Yen Puang, Zoltan-Csaba Marton, Narunas Vaskevicius, Kai O. Arras, Rudolph Triebel; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2020, pp. 13916-13925


We introduce a scalable approach for object pose estimation trained on simulated RGB views of multiple 3D models together. We learn an encoding of object views that does not only describe an implicit orientation of all objects seen during training, but can also relate views of untrained objects. Our single-encoder-multi-decoder network is trained using a technique we denote "multi-path learning": While the encoder is shared by all objects, each decoder only reconstructs views of a single object. Consequently, views of different instances do not have to be separated in the latent space and can share common features. The resulting encoder generalizes well from synthetic to real data and across various instances, categories, model types and datasets. We systematically investigate the learned encodings, their generalization, and iterative refinement strategies on the ModelNet40 and T-LESS dataset. Despite training jointly on multiple objects, our 6D Object Detection pipeline achieves state-of-the-art results on T-LESS at much lower runtimes than competing approaches.

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author = {Sundermeyer, Martin and Durner, Maximilian and Puang, En Yen and Marton, Zoltan-Csaba and Vaskevicius, Narunas and Arras, Kai O. and Triebel, Rudolph},
title = {Multi-Path Learning for Object Pose Estimation Across Domains},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2020}