PointNet: Deep Learning on Point Sets for 3D Classification and Segmentation

Charles R. Qi, Hao Su, Kaichun Mo, Leonidas J. Guibas

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close to orthogonal. 9] B --> K[Classification: input & feature transforms,

embeddings, pooling, scores. 10] B --> L[Segmentation: local embeddings +

global for point-wise classification. 11] B --> M[ModelNet40: PointNet matches or

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for 3D Classification

and Segmentation] --> B[PointNet: 3D point cloud

classification and segmentation. 1] A --> C[Point cloud: raw 3D,

convertible format. 2] C --> D[Existing features: handcrafted,

task-specific. PointNet learns. 3] A --> E[Challenges: unordered set input,

permutation invariance. 4] E --> F[Symmetric functions: same value

for any ordering. 5] A --> G[PointNet vanilla: identical point transforms,

symmetric aggregation, post-transform. 6] G --> H[Input alignment: learned transformation

to canonical space. 7] G --> I[Embedding space alignment: feature

transformer network. 8] G --> J[Regularization: constrain transformation matrix

close to orthogonal. 9] B --> K[Classification: input & feature transforms,

embeddings, pooling, scores. 10] B --> L[Segmentation: local embeddings +

global for point-wise classification. 11] B --> M[ModelNet40: PointNet matches or

beats 3D CNNs. 12] B --> N[ShapeNet: surpasses prior art,

partial & complete inputs. 13] B --> O[Semantic: clearly segments scenes

into walls, chairs, tables. 14] B --> P[Robustness: handles missing points,

outliers, perturbations. 15-16] B --> Q[Critical points: capture object

contours, skeletons, key structures. 17,19] Q --> R[Upper bound shape: explains

PointNets corruption robustness. 18] B --> S[Unified approach: same architecture

for multiple tasks. 20] B --> T[Validated: theory & experiments

on representation, approximation, robustness. 21] A --> U[Pioneering work: released code

& data, new direction. 22] A --> V[3D importance: perception, interaction

needs drive 3D learning. 23-24] C --> W[Existing learning: converts to

other formats. PointNet learns directly. 25] B --> X[Training: 1024 sampled points/shape,

handles variable sizes. 26] B --> Y[Network: MLPs, ReLU, batch norm,

pooling, orthogonal constraint. 27] B --> Z[Joint training: end-to-end

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invariant to corruption. 29] B --> AB[Performance & efficiency: simple operations,

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**Resume: **

**1.-** PointNet: Deep learning architecture for 3D point cloud classification and segmentation.

**2.-** Point cloud: 3D representation closest to raw sensor data, easily convertible to/from other 3D formats.

**3.-** Existing point cloud features: Handcrafted for specific tasks. PointNet enables end-to-end learning on point clouds.

**4.-** Challenges: Designing neural networks for unordered set input, invariant to n! permutations.

**5.-** Symmetric functions: Function value same for any argument ordering. Can construct symmetric neural networks.

**6.-** PointNet vanilla: Transform points identically, aggregate by symmetric function, post-transform. Approximates any continuous symmetric function.

**7.-** Input alignment: Align to canonical space via learned transformation matrix. Similar to spatial transformer networks.

**8.-** Embedding space alignment: Align intermediate point embeddings using a feature transformer network.

**9.-** Regularization: Constrain transformation matrix close to orthogonal to avoid bad local minima.

**10.-** Classification architecture: Input & feature transformers, point embeddings, max pooling, category scores.

**11.-** Segmentation extension: Concatenate local point embeddings with global feature for point-wise classification.

**12.-** ModelNet40 results: PointNet achieves better or on par classification vs 3D CNNs.

**13.-** ShapeNet part segmentation: Surpasses previous state-of-the-art on partial and complete inputs.

**14.-** Semantic segmentation: Clearly segments 3D scenes into walls, chairs, tables, etc.

**15.-** Robustness to missing points: Only 2% accuracy drop with 50% points removed. More robust than 3D CNN.

**16.-** Robustness to outliers and perturbations: PointNet handles corrupted data better than 3D CNN.

**17.-** Critical point set: Subset of input points that contribute to global feature. Captures object contours/skeletons.

**18.-** Upper bound shape: Region in space where points yield same global feature. Explains PointNet's corruption robustness.

**19.-** Feature learning generalization: Critical points capture key structures for unseen object categories.

**20.-** Unified 3D recognition approach: Same architecture for classification, part & semantic segmentation.

**21.-** Theoretical and experimental validation: Symmetric function representation, approximation capacity, robustness properties demonstrated.

**22.-** Beginning of point cloud deep learning: An exciting new direction with released code & data.

**23.-** 3D data importance: Emerging applications require 3D perception and interaction. Drives need for 3D deep learning.

**24.-** Converting 3D formats: Point clouds in canonical form, easily convertible to/from meshes, voxels, etc.

**25.-** Existing deep learning on point clouds: Most methods convert to other formats. PointNet learns directly on points.

**26.-** Training data size: 1024 points sampled per shape. Handles variable input sizes.

**27.-** Network details: Multilayer perceptrons, ReLU, batch norm, max pooling. Transformation matrix close to orthogonal.

**28.-** Joint end-to-end training: Input & feature transformers trained together with rest of network.

**29.-** Meaningful latent space: Global feature represents critical regions invariant to data corruption.

**30.-** Performance & efficiency: Simple point-wise operations avoid costly convolutions. Highly effective and robust.

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