CISC849 S2018 HW2
Due Friday, March 23, midnight
NOTE: YOU MAY WORK ALONE OR IN TEAMS OF TWO
Images are generally small -- in the range of ~50 x 50 to ~100 x 100.
There are 51 object categories with 300 total instances (e.g., 5 examples of apple, 6 examples of pliers, and so on). A hierarchy of object types, shown below, indicates that there are 4 main groups: fruits, vegetables, devices, and containers.
Each object instance was photographed on a turntable with an RGB-D camera; hence there are multiple views of each instance both as color and depth images. The naming scheme for the files generated is given here, but you will focus on the color and/or depth images. For example, toothpaste_2_1_190_crop.png is the 190th RGB frame of the 1st video sequence of the 2nd instance of a toothpaste object, and toothpaste_2_1_190_depthcrop.png is the corresponding depth image of the same toothpaste instance from the same angle.
Your challenge will be to train a convolutional neural network in TensorFlow to categorize a given RGB and/or depth image into 1 of the 4 main groups above -- NOT one of the 51 categories. You may use any TensorFlow-based convnet classification architecture that you wish, starting from random or pre-trained weights -- your choice. There are two main guidelines:
- Instance 1 of every object category (e.g., toothpaste_1, apple_1, etc.) may NOT be used for training (weight learning) or validation (hyperparameter tuning). Rather, it must be used for testing (aka evaluation) of your final classifier(s)
- Measure accuracy of classifying just the RGB images (color) vs. just the depth images (pure shape)
These are taken from a larger object dataset that you are welcome to test your code on. For grading, I will try your submissions on some of the other "learn" point clouds (but not the "test" data).
- First, use pcl_viewer to inspect the point clouds and get a sense for how they look
- For each point cloud, count the number of objects. One way to do this is to fit the tabletop plane using PCL's RANSAC functionality, then use Euclidean clustering. But other methods are possible and may be more robust [5 points]
- Assuming you know that you are looking at just boxes or just cylinders that are standing "upright" (not on their side, not leaning diagonally), output estimated parameters for each object. For boxes, this means height x width x length; for cylinders this means height x radius [5 points]
- Assuming you know that only one type of object is on the table, but you don't know which one, can you develop a "test" to tell which is which? [5 points]
You might want to try voxelization before any other processing to reduce the size of the data if your code is running slowly.
Please submit ONE main.cpp file containing all code to Canvas. Ideally, your program will take an input .pcd file on the command line as well as a flag indicating whether mode 1, 2, or 3 above is being run, and print the required information to standard out. Please also include a README with your name (and that of your teammate) that briefly explains how you approached each task, and any issues you encountered or interesting observations you made.