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{VIBE}: Video Inference for Human Body Pose and Shape Estimation


Conference Paper


Human motion is fundamental to understanding behavior. Despite progress on single-image 3D pose and shape estimation, existing video-based state-of-the-art methodsfail to produce accurate and natural motion sequences due to a lack of ground-truth 3D motion data for training. To address this problem, we propose “Video Inference for Body Pose and Shape Estimation” (VIBE), which makes use of an existing large-scale motion capture dataset (AMASS) together with unpaired, in-the-wild, 2D keypoint annotations. Our key novelty is an adversarial learning framework that leverages AMASS to discriminate between real human motions and those produced by our temporal pose and shape regression networks. We define a temporal network architecture and show that adversarial training, at the sequence level, produces kinematically plausible motion sequences without in-the-wild ground-truth 3D labels. We perform extensive experimentation to analyze the importance of motion and demonstrate the effectiveness of VIBE on challenging 3D pose estimation datasets, achieving state-of-the-art performance. Code and pretrained models are available at https://github.com/mkocabas/VIBE

Author(s): Muhammed Kocabas and Nikos Athanasiou and Michael J. Black
Book Title: Proceedings IEEE Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)
Pages: 5252-5262
Year: 2020
Month: June
Publisher: IEEE

Department(s): Perceiving Systems
Research Project(s): 3D Body Shape and Pose from Images
Bibtex Type: Conference Paper (inproceedings)
Paper Type: Conference

DOI: 10.1109/CVPR42600.2020.00530
Event Name: IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2020
Event Place: Seattle, WA, USA, USA

ISBN: 978-1-7281-7168-5

Links: arXiv
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  title = {{VIBE}: Video Inference for Human Body Pose and Shape Estimation},
  author = {Kocabas, Muhammed and Athanasiou, Nikos and Black, Michael J.},
  booktitle = { Proceedings IEEE Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
  pages = {5252-5262},
  publisher = {IEEE},
  month = jun,
  year = {2020},
  month_numeric = {6}