Published in , 2019
We propose a joint model of human joint detection and association for 2D multi-person pose estimation (MPPE). The approach unifies training of joint detection and association without a need for further processing or sophisticated heuristics in order to associate the joints with people individually. The approach consists of two stages, where in the first stage joint detection heatmaps and association features are extracted, and in the second stage, whose input are the extracted features of the first stage, we introduce a recurrent neural network (RNN) which predicts the heatmaps of a single person joints in each iteration. In addition, the network learns a stopping criterion in order to halt once it has identified all individuals in the image. This approach allowed us to eliminate several heuristic assumptions and parameters needed for association which do not necessarily hold true. Additionally, such an end-to-end approach allows the final objective to be known and directly optimized over during training. We evaluated our model on the challenging MSCOCO and OCHuman datasets and obtained a significant improvement over the baseline, particularly in challenging scenes with severe occlusions or outliers.
Authors: R. Briq, A. Doering, J. Gall