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Floors are flat: Leveraging Semantics for Reliable and Real-Time Surface Normal Prediction

Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision Workshops (2019)

Abstract

We propose 4 insights that help to significantly improve the performance of deep learning models that predict surface normals and semantic labels from a single RGB image. These insights are: (1) denoise the ”ground truth” surface normals in the training set to ensure consistency with the semantic labels; (2) concurrently train on a mix of real and synthetic data, instead of pretraining on synthetic and finetuning on real; (3) jointly predict normals and semantics using a shared model, but only backpropagate errors on pixels that have valid training labels; (4) slim down the model and use grayscale instead of color inputs. Despite the simplicity of these steps, we demonstrate consistently improved state of the art results on several datasets, using a model that runs at 12 fps on a standard mobile phone.

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