FoldingNet: Point Cloud Auto-Encoder via Deep Grid Deformation

Yaoqing Yang, Chen Feng, Yiru Shen, Dong Tian

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Abstract

Recent deep networks that directly handle points in a point set, e.g., PointNet, have been state-of-the-art for supervised learning tasks on point clouds such as classification and segmentation. In this work, a novel end-to-end deep auto-encoder is proposed to address unsupervised learning challenges on point clouds. On the encoder side, a graph-based enhancement is enforced to promote local structures on top of PointNet. Then, a novel folding-based decoder deforms a canonical 2D grid onto the underlying 3D object surface of a point cloud, achieving low reconstruction errors even for objects with delicate structures. The proposed decoder only uses about 7% parameters of a decoder with fully-connected neural networks, yet leads to a more discriminative representation that achieves higher linear SVM classification accuracy than the benchmark. In addition, the proposed decoder structure is shown, in theory, to be a generic architecture that is able to reconstruct an arbitrary point cloud from a 2D grid. Our code is available at http://www.merl.com/research/license#FoldingNet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2018 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2018
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages206-215
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781538664209
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 14 2018
Event31st Meeting of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2018 - Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: Jun 18 2018Jun 22 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
ISSN (Print)1063-6919

Conference

Conference31st Meeting of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2018
CountryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City
Period6/18/186/22/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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    Yang, Y., Feng, C., Shen, Y., & Tian, D. (2018). FoldingNet: Point Cloud Auto-Encoder via Deep Grid Deformation. In Proceedings - 2018 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2018 (pp. 206-215). [8578127] (Proceedings of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/CVPR.2018.00029