SilhoNet: An RGB Method for 3D Object Pose Estimation and Grasp Planning

09/18/2018 ∙ by Gideon Billings, et al. ∙ 0

Autonomous robot manipulation often involves both estimating the pose of the object to be manipulated and selecting a viable grasp point. Methods using RGB-D data have shown great success in solving these problems. However, there are situations where cost constraints or the working environment may limit the use of RGB-D sensors. When limited to monocular camera data only, both the problem of object pose estimation and of grasp point selection are very challenging. In the past, research has focused on solving these problems separately. In this work, we introduce a novel method called SilhoNet that bridges the gap between these two tasks. We use a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) pipeline that takes in ROI proposals to simultaneously predict an intermediate silhouette representation for objects with an associated occlusion mask. The 3D pose is then regressed from the predicted silhouettes. Grasp points from a precomputed database are filtered by back-projecting them onto the occlusion mask to find which points are visible in the scene. We show that our method achieves better overall performance than the state-of-the art PoseCNN network for 3D pose estimation on the YCB-video dataset.

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