Neural Star Domain as Primitive Representation

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 33 (NeurIPS 2020)

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Yuki Kawana, Yusuke Mukuta, Tatsuya Harada


Reconstructing 3D objects from 2D images is a fundamental task in computer vision. Acurate structured reconstruction by parsimonious and semantic primitive representation further broadens its application. When reconstructing a target shape with multiple primitives, it is preferable that one can instantly access the union of basic properties of the shape such as collective volume and surface, treating the primitives as if they are one single shape. This becomes possible by primitive representation with unified implicit and explicit representations. However, primitive representations in current approaches do not satisfy all of the above requirements at the same time. To solve this problem, we propose a novel primitive representation named neural star domain (NSD) that learns primitive shapes in the star domain. We show that NSD is a universal approximator of the star domain and is not only parsimonious and semantic but also an implicit and explicit shape representation. We demonstrate that our approach outperforms existing methods in image reconstruction tasks, semantic capabilities, and speed and quality of sampling high-resolution meshes.