Visual Compiler: Synthesizing a Scene-Specific Pedestrian Detector and Pose Estimator

Namhoon Lee, Xinshuo Weng, Vishnu Naresh Boddeti, Yu Zhang, Fares Beainy, Kris Kitani, Takeo Kanade 2016. Arxiv


We introduce the concept of a Visual Compiler that generates a scene specific pedestrian detector and pose estimator without any pedestrian observations. Given a single image and auxiliary scene information in the form of camera parameters and geometric layout of the scene, the Visual Compiler first infers geometrically and photometrically accurate images of humans in that scene through the use of computer graphics rendering. Using these renders we learn a scene-and-region specific spatially-varying fully convolutional neural network, for simultaneous detection, pose estimation and segmentation of pedestrians. We demonstrate that when real human annotated data is scarce or non-existent, our data generation strategy can provide an excellent solution for bootstrapping human detection and pose estimation. Experimental results show that our approach outperforms off-the-shelf state-of-the-art pedestrian detectors and pose estimators that are trained on real data.