Deep learning has made many advancements in fields such as computer vision, natural language processing and speech processing. In autonomous driving, deep learning has made great improvements pertaining to the tasks of lane detection, steering estimation, throttle control, depth estimation, 2D and 3D object detection, object segmentation and object tracking. Understanding the 3D world is necessary for safe end-to-end self-driving. 3D point clouds provide rich 3D information, but processing point clouds is difficult since point clouds are irregular and unordered. Neural point processing methods like GraphCNN and PointNet operate on individual points for accurate classification and segmentation results. Occlusion of these 3D point clouds remains a major problem for autonomous driving. To process occluded point clouds, this research explores deep learning models to fill in missing points from partial point clouds. Specifically, we introduce improvements to methods called deep multistage point completion networks. We propose novel encoder and decoder architectures for efficiently processing partial point clouds as input and outputting complete point clouds. Results will be demonstrated on ShapeNet dataset.

Deep learning has made significant advancements in the field of robotics. For a robot gripper such as a suction cup to hold an object firmly, the robot needs to determine which portions of an object, or specifically which surfaces of the object should be used to mount the suction cup. Since 3D objects can be represented in many forms for computational purposes, a proper representation of 3D objects is necessary to tackle this problem. Formulating this problem using deep learning problem provides dataset challenges. In this work we will show representing 3D objects in the form of 3D mesh is effective for the problem of a robot gripper. We will perform research on the proper way for dataset creation and performance evaluation.

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Automated vehicles--Data processing; Machine learning; Image analysis; Three-dimensional imaging--Data processing; Pattern recognition systems; Neural networks (Computer science)

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Computer Engineering (MS)

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Computer Engineering (KGCOE)


Raymond Ptucha

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Alexander Loui

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Guoyu Lu


RIT – Main Campus

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