Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Michael Gennert, Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Emmanuel Agu, Committee Member

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Berk Calli, Committee Member




The task of object detection and pose estimation has widely been done using template matching techniques. However, these algorithms are sensitive to outliers and occlusions, and have high latency due to their iterative nature. Recent research in computer vision and deep learning has shown great improvements in the robustness of these algorithms. However, one of the major drawbacks of these algorithms is that they are specific to the objects. Moreover, the estimation of pose depends significantly on their RGB image features. As these algorithms are trained on meticulously labeled large datasets for object's ground truth pose, it is difficult to re-train these for real-world applications. To overcome this problem, we propose a two-stage pipeline of convolutional neural networks which uses RGB images to localize objects in 2D space and depth images to estimate a 6DoF pose. Thus the pose estimation network learns only the geometric features of the object and is not biased by its color features. We evaluate the performance of this framework on LINEMOD dataset, which is widely used to benchmark object pose estimation frameworks. We found the results to be comparable with the state of the art algorithms using RGB-D images. Secondly, to show the transferability of the proposed pipeline, we implement this on ATLAS robot for a pick and place experiment. As the distribution of images in LINEMOD dataset and the images captured by the MultiSense sensor on ATLAS are different, we generate a synthetic dataset out of very few real-world images captured from the MultiSense sensor. We use this dataset to train just the object detection networks used in the ATLAS Robot experiment.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Robotics Engineering

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Atlas robots, pose estimation, semantic segmentation