Neural Deformation Graphs

for Globally-consistent Non-rigid Reconstruction

Aljaž Božič1      Pablo Palafox1      Michael Zollhöfer2      Justus Thies1      Angela Dai1      Matthias Nießner1     

1Technical University of Munich       2Facebook Reality Labs

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CVPR 2021 (Oral)



We introduce Neural Deformation Graphs for globally-consistent deformation tracking and 3D reconstruction of non-rigid objects. Specifically, we implicitly model a deformation graph via a deep neural network. This neural deformation graph does not rely on any object-specific structure and, thus, can be applied to general non-rigid deformation tracking. Our method globally optimizes this neural graph on a given sequence of depth camera observations of a non-rigidly moving object. Based on explicit viewpoint consistency as well as inter-frame graph and surface consistency constraints, the underlying network is trained in a self-supervised fashion. We additionally optimize for the geometry of the object with an implicit deformable multi-MLP shape representation. Our approach does not assume sequential input data, thus enabling robust tracking of fast motions or even temporally disconnected recordings. Our experiments demonstrate that our Neural Deformation Graphs outperform state-of-the-art non-rigid reconstruction approaches both qualitatively and quantitatively, with 64% improved reconstruction and 62% improved deformation tracking performance.


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    title={Neural Deformation Graphs for Globally-consistent Non-rigid Reconstruction},
    author={Bo{\v{z}}i{\v{c}}, Alja{\v{z}} and Palafox, Pablo and Zollh{\"o}fer, Michael and Dai, Angela and Thies, Justus and Nie{\ss}ner, Matthias},
    journal={arXiv preprint arXiv:2012.01451},