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Compressed Volumetric Heatmaps for Multi-Person 3D Pose Estimation

Abstract: In this paper we present a novel approach for bottom-up multi-person 3D human pose estimation from monocular RGB images. We propose to use high resolution volumetric heatmaps to model joint locations, devising a simple and effective compression method to drastically reduce the size of this representation. At the core of the proposed method lies our Volumetric Heatmap Autoencoder, a fully-convolutional network tasked with the compression of ground-truth heatmaps into a dense intermediate representation. A second model, the Code Predictor, is then trained to predict these codes, which can be decompressed at test time to re-obtain the original representation. Our experimental evaluation shows that our method performs favorably when compared to state of the art on both multi-person and single-person 3D human pose estimation datasets and, thanks to our novel compression strategy, can process full-HD images at the constant runtime of 8 fps regardless of the number of subjects in the scene.


Fabbri, Matteo; Lanzi, Fabio; Calderara, Simone; Alletto, Stefano; Cucchiara, Rita "Compressed Volumetric Heatmaps for Multi-Person 3D Pose Estimation" Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Seattle, pp. 7202 -7211 , June, 16-18 2020, 2020 DOI: 10.1109/CVPR42600.2020.00723

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