AI in EE

AI IN DIVISIONS

AI in Signal Division

AI in EE

AI IN DIVISIONS

AI in Signal Division ​ ​

AI in Signal Division

Jinwoo Jeon, Hyunjun Lim, Dong-Uk Seo, and Hyun Myung†, “Struct-MDC: Mesh-Refined Unsupervised Depth Completion Leveraging Structural Regularities from Visual SLAM,” Accepted to RA-L, Apr. 2022

  • Abstract

Feature-based visual simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) methods only estimate the depth of extracted features, generating a sparse depth map. To solve this sparsity problem, depth completion tasks that estimate a dense depth from a sparse depth have gained significant importance in robotic applications like exploration. Existing methodologies that use sparse depth from visual SLAM mainly employ point features. However, point features have limitations in preserving structural regularities owing to texture-less environments and sparsity problems. To deal with these issues, we perform depth completion with visual SLAM using line features, which can better contain structural regularities than point features. The proposed methodology creates a convex hull region by performing constrained Delaunay triangulation with depth interpolation using line features. However, the generated depth includes low-frequency information and is discontinuous at the convex hull boundary. Therefore, we propose a mesh depth refinement (MDR) module to address this problem. The MDR module effectively transfers the high-frequency details of an input image to the interpolated depth and plays a vital role in bridging the conventional and deep learning-based approaches. The Struct-MDC outperforms other state-of-the-art algorithms on public and our custom datasets, and even outperforms supervised methodologies for some metrics. In addition, the effectiveness of the proposed MDR module is verified by a rigorous ablation study.