Adversarial Learning of Structure-Aware Fully Convolutional Networks for Landmark Localization

Yu Chen, Chunhua Shen, Hao Chen, Xiu-Shen Wei, Lingqiao Liu, Jian Yang
2019 IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence  
Landmark/pose estimation in single monocular images has received much effort in computer vision due to its important applications. It remains a challenging task when input images come with severe occlusions caused by, e.g., adverse camera views. Under such circumstances, biologically implausible pose predictions may be produced. In contrast, human vision is able to predict poses by exploiting geometric constraints of landmark point inter-connectivity. To address the problem, by incorporating
more » ... ors about the structure of pose components, we propose a novel structure-aware fully convolutional network to implicitly take such priors into account during training of the deep network. Explicit learning of such constraints is typically challenging. Instead, inspired by how human identifies implausible poses, we design discriminators to distinguish the real poses from the fake ones (such as biologically implausible ones). If the pose generator G generates results that the discriminator fails to distinguish from real ones, the network successfully learns the priors. Training of the network follows the strategy of conditional Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs). The effectiveness of the proposed network is evaluated on three pose-related tasks: 2D human pose estimation, 2D facial landmark estimation and 3D human pose estimation. The proposed approach significantly outperforms several state-of-the-art methods and almost always generates plausible pose predictions, demonstrating the usefulness of implicit learning of structures using GANs.
doi:10.1109/tpami.2019.2901875 pmid:30835211 fatcat:bwcawevazfcp3dlk5qcg4j3ube