Watch It Move: Unsupervised Discovery of 3D Joints for Re-Posing of Articulated Objects

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PubDate: Dec 2021

Teams: NVIDIA ‡The University of Tokyo §RIKEN

Writers: Atsuhiro Noguchi, Umar Iqbal, Jonathan Tremblay, Tatsuya Harada, Orazio Gallo

PDF: Watch It Move: Unsupervised Discovery of 3D Joints for Re-Posing of Articulated Objects

Abstract

Rendering articulated objects while controlling their poses is critical to applications such as virtual reality or animation for movies. Manipulating the pose of an object, however, requires the understanding of its underlying structure, that is, its joints and how they interact with each other. Unfortunately, assuming the structure to be known, as existing methods do, precludes the ability to work on new object categories. We propose to learn both the appearance and the structure of previously unseen articulated objects by observing them move from multiple views, with no additional supervision, such as joints annotations, or information about the structure. Our insight is that adjacent parts that move relative to each other must be connected by a joint. To leverage this observation, we model the object parts in 3D as ellipsoids, which allows us to identify joints. We combine this explicit representation with an implicit one that compensates for the approximation introduced. We show that our method works for different structures, from quadrupeds, to single-arm robots, to humans.

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