Synthetic Training for Accurate 3D Human Pose and Shape Estimation in the Wild

This paper addresses the problem of monocular 3D human shape and pose estimation from an RGB image. Despite great progress in this field in terms of pose prediction accuracy, state-of-the-art methods often predict inaccurate body shapes. We suggest that this is primarily due to the scarcity of in-the-wild training data with diverse and accurate body shape labels. Thus, we propose STRAPS (Synthetic Training for Real Accurate Pose and Shape), a system that utilises proxy representations, such as silhouettes and 2D joints, as inputs to a shape and pose regression neural network, which is trained with synthetic training data (generated on-the-fly during training using the SMPL statistical body model) to overcome data scarcity. We bridge the gap between synthetic training inputs and noisy real inputs, which are predicted by keypoint detection and segmentation CNNs at test-time, by using data augmentation and corruption during training. In order to evaluate our approach, we curate and provide a challenging evaluation dataset for monocular human shape estimation, Sports Shape and Pose 3D (SSP-3D). It consists of RGB images of tightly-clothed sports-persons with a variety of body shapes and corresponding pseudo-ground-truth SMPL shape and pose parameters, obtained via multi-frame optimisation. We show that STRAPS outperforms other state-of-the-art methods on SSP-3D in terms of shape prediction accuracy, while remaining competitive with the state-of-the-art on pose-centric datasets and metrics.

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