Adversarial Depth Estimation based on Left-Right Consistency
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  • -> Depth estimation in urban scenes using Generative-Adversarial Networks (GAN)
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Depth estimation or Depth extraction refers to the set of methods and algorithms specifically aimed to obtain an estimation of the spatial structure of a scene based on the images or videos of it. In other terms, the goal is to obtain a measure of the distance of, ideally, each point on these images1 . this notion on predicted depth, is an essential component in the field of multi-view stereo2 or understanding the 3D geometry of the scene, which is crucial in many applications3 , e.g. unmanned vehicle, robotics, and human body pose estimation4 . Historically, researchers have looked at depth estimation problem in supervised learning setup. Models in this setup attempt to directly predict the depth of each pixel in an image using models that have been trained off-line on large collections of labeled datasets(ground truth depth data). Although these methods seem simple, there is no universally acceptable method to generate this type of dataset, for two reasons. First, equipments necessary for measuring depth data (e.g. laser sensors) are expensive and considered to be extremely noisy which introduced additional challenge for current machine learning techniques. Second, even a in perfect world with noise-free affordable equipments, discarding available bank of unlabeled images and generating large datasets of labeled data will restrict our model to scenes where labeled data is available. Consequently we need to generate sufficiently representative and large datasets that requires large time and money investments. In order to train a model while utilizing the currently available unlabeled (no depth dimension) image datasets, inspired by humans visual system, researchers have proposed monocular depth estimation methods that exploit cues such as perspective, lighting, etc. One state-of-art method in this field is based on binocular image generation using convolutional neural networks4 . In this project, we first aim at recreating the reported results in4 . Additionally inspired by works in the field of adversarial learning5 , to learn consistency features used in training instead of hard coding them, we plan to build on the adversarial idea to improve performance and training time of the depth estimation model.


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