Shape Unicode: A Unified Shape Representation

Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2019)

Published July 31, 2019

Sanjeev Muralikrishnan, Vladimir (Vova) Kim, Matt Fisher, Siddhartha Chaudhuri

3D shapes come in varied representations from a set of points to a set of images, each capturing different aspects of the shape. We propose a unified code for 3D shapes, dubbed Shape Unicode, that imbibes shape cues across these representations into a single code, and a novel framework to learn such a code space for any 3D shape dataset. We discuss this framework as a single go-to training model for any input representation, and demonstrate the effectiveness of the learned code space by applying it directly to common shape analysis tasks – discriminative and generative. In this work, we use three common representations – voxel grids, point clouds and multi-view projections – and combine them into a single code. Note that while we use all three representations at training time, the code can be derived from any single representation during testing. We evaluate this code space on shape retrieval, segmentation and correspondence, and show that the unified code performs better than the individual representations themselves. Additionally, this code space compares quite well to the representation specific state-of-the-art in these tasks. We also qualitatively discuss linear interpolation between points in this space, by synthesizing from intermediate points