Localization and Mapping using Instance-specific Mesh Models

03/08/2021 ∙ by Qiaojun Feng, et al. ∙ 0

This paper focuses on building semantic maps, containing object poses and shapes, using a monocular camera. This is an important problem because robots need rich understanding of geometry and context if they are to shape the future of transportation, construction, and agriculture. Our contribution is an instance-specific mesh model of object shape that can be optimized online based on semantic information extracted from camera images. Multi-view constraints on the object shape are obtained by detecting objects and extracting category-specific keypoints and segmentation masks. We show that the errors between projections of the mesh model and the observed keypoints and masks can be differentiated in order to obtain accurate instance-specific object shapes. We evaluate the performance of the proposed approach in simulation and on the KITTI dataset by building maps of car poses and shapes.

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