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Point2Skeleton

This repository contains the source code for the CVPR 2021 oral paper Point2Skeleton: Learning Skeletal Representations from Point Clouds, where we introduce an unsupervised method to generate skeletal meshes from point clouds.

Skeletal Mesh

We introduce a generalized skeletal representation, called skeletal mesh. Several good properties of the skeletal mesh make it a useful representation for shape analysis:

  • Recoverability The skeletal mesh can be considered as a complete shape descriptor, which means it can reconstruct the shape of the original domain.

  • Abstraction The skeletal mesh captures the fundamental geometry of a 3D shape and extracts its global topology; the tubular parts are abstracted by simple 1D curve segments and the planar or bulky parts by 2D surface triangles.

  • Structure awareness The 1D curve segments and 2D surface sheets as well as the non-manifold branches on the skeletal mesh give a structural differentiation of a shape.

  • Volume-based closure The interpolation of the skeletal spheres gives solid cone-like or slab-like primitives; then a local geometry is represented by volumetric parts, which provides better integrity of shape context. The interpolation also forms a closed watertight surface.

Code

Installation

You need to install PyTorch, NumPy, and TensorboardX (for visualization of training). This code is tested under Python 3.7.3, PyTorch 1.1.0, NumPy 1.16.4 on Ubuntu 18.04.

To setup PointNet++, please use:

cd code/pointnet2
python setup.py build_ext --inplace

Training

  • Example command with required parameters:
cd code
python train.py --pc_list_file ../data/data-split/all-train.txt --data_root ../data/pointclouds/ --point_num 2000 --skelpoint_num 100 --gpu 0
  • Can simply call python train.py once the data folder data/ is prepared.
  • See python train.py --help for all the training options. Can change the setting by modifying the parameters in code/config.py

Testing

  • Example command with required parameters:
cd code
python test.py --pc_list_file ../data/data-split/all-test.txt --data_root ../data/pointclouds/ --point_num 2000 --skelpoint_num 100 --gpu 0 --load_skelnet_path ../weights/weights-skelpoint.pth --load_gae_path ../weights/weights-gae.pth --save_result_path ../results/
  • Can also simply call python test.py once the data folder data/ and network weight folder weights/ are prepared.
  • See python test.py --help for all the testing options.

Download

  • Train/test data data.zip.
  • Pre-trained model weights.zip.
  • Unzip the downloaded files to replace the data/ and weights/ folders; then you can run the code by simply calling python train.py and python test.py.
  • Dense point cloud data_dense.zip and simplified MAT MAT.zip for evaluation.

Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge the following open sources:

Unsupervised Learning of Intrinsic Structural Representation Points

Pointnet++ PyTorch

Graph Convolution

Citation

If you find our work useful in your research, please consider citing:

@article{lin2020point2skeleton,
  title={Point2Skeleton: Learning Skeletal Representations from Point Clouds},
  author={Lin, Cheng and Li, Changjian and Liu, Yuan and Chen, Nenglun and Choi, Yi-King and Wang, Wenping},
  journal={arXiv preprint arXiv:2012.00230},
  year={2020}
}

Contact

If you have any questions, please email Cheng Lin at chlin@hku.hk.

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