Unsupervised Keypoints from Pretrained Diffusion Models

Unsupervised learning of keypoints and landmarks has seen significant progress with the help of modern neural network architectures, but performance is yet to match the supervised counterpart, making their practicability questionable. We leverage the emergent knowledge within text-to-image diffusion models, towards more robust unsupervised keypoints. Our core idea is to find text embeddings that would cause the generative model to consistently attend to compact regions in images (i.e. keypoints). To do so, we simply optimize the text embedding such that the cross-attention maps within the denoising network are localized as Gaussians with small standard deviations. We validate our performance on multiple datasets: the CelebA, CUB-200-2011, Tai-Chi-HD, DeepFashion, and Human3.6m datasets. We achieve significantly improved accuracy, sometimes even outperforming supervised ones, particularly for data that is non-aligned and less curated. Our code is publicly available and can be found through our project page: https://ubc-vision.github.io/StableKeypoints/

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Unsupervised Human Pose Estimation DeepFashion StableKeypoints PCK 70 # 1
Unsupervised Human Pose Estimation Human3.6M StableKeypoints NME 4.45 # 5
Unsupervised Human Pose Estimation Tai-Chi-HD StableKeypoints MAE 234.89 # 1

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