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      Multi-view Self-supervised Deep Learning for 6D Pose Estimation in the Amazon Picking Challenge

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          Robot warehouse automation has attracted significant interest in recent years, perhaps most visibly in the Amazon Picking Challenge (APC). A fully autonomous warehouse pick-and-place system requires robust vision that reliably recognizes and locates objects amid cluttered environments, self-occlusions, sensor noise, and a large variety of objects. In this paper we present an approach that leverages multi-view RGB-D data and self-supervised, data-driven learning to overcome those difficulties. The approach was part of the MIT-Princeton Team system that took 3rd- and 4th- place in the stowing and picking tasks, respectively at APC 2016. In the proposed approach, we segment and label multiple views of a scene with a fully convolutional neural network, and then fit pre-scanned 3D object models to the resulting segmentation to get the 6D object pose. Training a deep neural network for segmentation typically requires a large amount of training data. We propose a self-supervised method to generate a large labeled dataset without tedious manual segmentation. We demonstrate that our system can reliably estimate the 6D pose of objects under a variety of scenarios. All code, data, and benchmarks are available at http://www.andyzeng.com/apc2016

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          2016-09-29
          2016-10-01
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          1609.09475

          http://arxiv.org/licenses/nonexclusive-distrib/1.0/

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          Under review at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2017. Project webpage: http://www.andyzeng.com/apc2016
          cs.CV cs.LG cs.RO

          Computer vision & Pattern recognition, Robotics, Artificial intelligence

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