DGGAN: Depth-image guided generative adversarial networks for disentangling RGB and depth images in 3D hand pose estimation

Liangjian Chen, Shih Yao Lin, Yusheng Xie, Yen Yu Lin, Wei Fan, Xiaohui Xie

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Abstract

Estimating 3D hand poses from RGB images is essential to a wide range of potential applications, but is challenging owing to substantial ambiguity in the inference of depth information from RGB images. State-of-the-art estimators address this problem by regularizing 3D hand pose estimation models during training to enforce the consistency between the predicted 3D poses and the ground-truth depth maps. However, these estimators rely on both RGB images and the paired depth maps during training. In this study, we propose a conditional generative adversarial network (GAN) model, called Depth-image Guided GAN (DGGAN), to generate realistic depth maps conditioned on the input RGB image, and use the synthesized depth maps to regularize the 3D hand pose estimation model, therefore eliminating the need for ground-truth depth maps. Experimental results on multiple benchmark datasets show that the synthesized depth maps produced by DGGAN are quite effective in regularizing the pose estimation model, yielding new state-of-the-art results in estimation accuracy, notably reducing the mean 3D endpoint errors (EPE) by 4.7%, 16.5%, and 6.8% on the RHD, STB and MHP datasets, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision, WACV 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages400-408
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781728165530
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2020
Event2020 IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision, WACV 2020 - Snowmass Village, United States
Duration: 1 Mar 20205 Mar 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2020 IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision, WACV 2020

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision, WACV 2020
CountryUnited States
CitySnowmass Village
Period1/03/205/03/20

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