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README.md

PatchBatch - a Batch Augmented Loss for Optical Flow

This is an initial commit implementing PatchBatch - a Batch Augmented Loss for Optical Flow by Dedi Gadot and Lior Wolf from Tel Aviv University (link), published at CVPR, 2016.

SPCI models are based on Optical Flow Requires Multiple Strategies (but only one network) by Tal Schuster, Lior Wolf and Dedi Gadot (link) published at CVPR, 2017.

PatchBatch achieved state-of-the-art results in 2016 on the KITTI (2012+2015) Optical Flow benchmarks and was ranked 6th on MPI-Sintel, though ranked 1st for small displacements.

The code was developed on Ubuntu 14.04, using Theano+Lasagne+OpenCV. You can see the performance it achieved on the KITTI2012, KITTI2015 and MPI-Sintel optical flow scoreboards.

Installation Instructions

  1. Clone this repository by typing: git clone https://github.com/DediGadot/PatchBatch
  2. Create a python (2.7) virtualenv, by typing: virtualenv --no-site-packages env
  3. Activate virtualenv: `source env/bin/activate'
  4. Install all the python packages described in Requirements.txt by typing: pip install -r Requirements.txt
  5. Make sure to configure Theano to your needs (GPU usage preferred - tested with OpenBlas and CuDNN 5.1)
  • To check theano installation - run python -c 'import theano; theano.test()'

The PatchBatch Pipeline

The PatchBatch pipeline consists of the following steps:

  1. Input: two grayscale images, with the same shape
  2. Calculate descriptors (per each pixel in both images) using the PatchBatch CNN, i.e calculate a [h,w,#dim] tensor per image
  3. Find correspondences between both descriptor tensors using PatchMatch, with an L2 cost function
  4. Eliminate incorrect assignments using a bidirectional consistency check
  5. (Not yet implemented in this repository) Use the L2 costs + EpicFlow algorithm to interpolate the sparse optical flow field into a dense one (we used the default parameters of EpicFlow)
  6. Outputs: A->B optical flow field, (optional) descriptors file, cost assignment file

Usage

To run the PatchBatch pipeline, use the following syntax:
python patchbatch.py <img1_filename> <img2_filename> <model_name> <output_path> [optional -bidi] [optional --descs]

Currently supported models:

  • KITTI2012_CENTSD_ACCURATE
  • KITTI2015_CENTSD_ACCURATE
  • KITTI2012_SPCI
  • KITTI2015_SPCI

If the output_path does not exist, it will be created. In it will be placed the following:

  • flow.pickle -
    • A [h,w,3] numpy array with channel 0,1,2 being U, V, valid flag components of the flow field
    • If the -bidi flag is invoked, the code will compute 2 flow fields: img1->img2 and img2->img1 and will mark as 'invalid' all correspondences with inconsistent matchings (i.e. >1 pixels apart)
  • cost.pickle -
    • A [h,w] numpy array containing the matching cost per match
  • (If the --descs option was used) descs.pickle -
    • A list with two [h,w,#d] numpy arrays, the first contains descriptors per each pixel of img1, and the second the same for img2

You can also use benchmark_kitti.py to run a full benchmark on a folder with KITTI images.

For now, the EpicFlow extension is not yet implemented - so what you're getting is a pure PatchBatch descriptors + PatchMatch result.

Credits

The PatchBatch pipeline couldn't be achieved without the following great software pieces:

We also used the following toolkit for visualization:

MIT License

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

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