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Superquadrics Revisited: Learning 3D Shape Parsing beyond Cuboids


Conference Paper


Abstracting complex 3D shapes with parsimonious part-based representations has been a long standing goal in computer vision. This paper presents a learning-based solution to this problem which goes beyond the traditional 3D cuboid representation by exploiting superquadrics as atomic elements. We demonstrate that superquadrics lead to more expressive 3D scene parses while being easier to learn than 3D cuboid representations. Moreover, we provide an analytical solution to the Chamfer loss which avoids the need for computational expensive reinforcement learning or iterative prediction. Our model learns to parse 3D objects into consistent superquadric representations without supervision. Results on various ShapeNet categories as well as the SURREAL human body dataset demonstrate the flexibility of our model in capturing fine details and complex poses that could not have been modelled using cuboids.

Author(s): Despoina Paschalidou and Ali Osman Ulusoy and Andreas Geiger
Book Title: Proceedings IEEE Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)
Year: 2019
Month: June

Department(s): Autonomes Maschinelles Sehen
Bibtex Type: Conference Paper (inproceedings)
Paper Type: Conference

Event Name: IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2019
Event Place: Long Beach, USA

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  title = {Superquadrics Revisited: Learning 3D Shape Parsing beyond Cuboids},
  author = {Paschalidou, Despoina and Ulusoy, Ali Osman and Geiger, Andreas},
  booktitle = {Proceedings IEEE Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
  month = jun,
  year = {2019},
  month_numeric = {6}