Convolutional Pose Machines

Pose Machines provide a sequential prediction framework for learning rich implicit spatial models. In this work we show a systematic design for how convolutional networks can be incorporated into the pose machine framework for learning image features and image-dependent spatial models for the task of pose estimation. The contribution of this paper is to implicitly model long-range dependencies between variables in structured prediction tasks such as articulated pose estimation. We achieve this by designing a sequential architecture composed of convolutional networks that directly operate on belief maps from previous stages, producing increasingly refined estimates for part locations, without the need for explicit graphical model-style inference. Our approach addresses the characteristic difficulty of vanishing gradients during training by providing a natural learning objective function that enforces intermediate supervision, thereby replenishing back-propagated gradients and conditioning the learning procedure. We demonstrate state-of-the-art performance and outperform competing methods on standard benchmarks including the MPII, LSP, and FLIC datasets.

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Results from the Paper

Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Benchmark
Car Pose Estimation ApolloCar3D CPM Detection Rate 75.4 # 2
Pose Estimation FLIC Elbows Convolutional Pose Machines PCK@0.2 97.59% # 2
Pose Estimation FLIC Wrists Convolutional Pose Machines PCK@0.2 95.03% # 2

Results from Other Papers

Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Rank Source Paper Compare
Pose Estimation J-HMDB CPM Mean PCK@0.2 91.9 # 3
Pose Estimation Leeds Sports Poses Convolutional Pose Machines PCK 90.5% # 11
Pose Estimation MPII Human Pose Convolutional Pose Machines PCKh-0.5 88.52% # 29
3D Human Pose Estimation Total Capture Tri-CPM Average MPJPE (mm) 99 # 11


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