Attention based Occlusion Removal for Hybrid Telepresence Systems

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PubDate: Dec 2021

Teams: International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad

Writers: Surabhi Gupta, Ashwath Shetty, Avinash Sharma

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Traditionally, video conferencing is a widely adopted solution for telecommunication, but a lack of immersiveness comes inherently due to the 2D nature of facial representation. The integration of Virtual Reality (VR) in a communication/telepresence system through Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) promises to provide users a much better immersive experience. However, HMDs cause hindrance by blocking the facial appearance and expressions of the user. To overcome these issues, we propose a novel attention-enabled encoder-decoder architecture for HMD de-occlusion. We also propose to train our person-specific model using short videos (1-2 minutes) of the user, captured in varying appearances, and demonstrated generalization to unseen poses and appearances of the user. We report superior qualitative and quantitative results over state-of-the-art methods. We also present applications of this approach to hybrid video teleconferencing using existing animation and 3D face reconstruction pipelines.

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