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Recognising in what type of environment one is located is an important perception task. For instance, for a robot operating indoors it is helpful to be aware whether it is in a kitchen, a hallway or a bedroom. Existing approaches attempt to classify the scene based on 2D images or 2.5D range images. Here, we study scene recognition from 3D point cloud (or voxel) data, and show that it greatly outperforms methods based on 2D birds-eye views. Moreover, we advocate multi-task learning as a way to improve scene recognition, building on the fact that the scene type is highly correlated with the objects in the scene, and therefore with its semantic segmentation into different object classes. In a series of ablation studies, we show that successful scene recognition is not just the recognition of individual objects unique to some scene type (such as a bathtub), but depends on several different cues, including coarse 3D geometry, colour, and the (implicit) distribution of object categories. Moreover, we demonstrate that surprisingly sparse 3D data is sufficient to classify indoor scenes with good accuracy. Show more
Book title2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
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Organisational unit03886 - Schindler, Konrad / Schindler, Konrad
NotesConference held on October 28, 2020. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the conference was conducted virtually.
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