Hi-LASSIE: High-Fidelity Articulated Shape and Skeleton Discovery from Sparse Image Ensemble

CVPR 2023

Chun-Han Yao1 Wei-Chih Hung2 Yuanzhen Li3 Michael Rubinstein3
Ming-Hsuan Yang134 Varun Jampani3
1UC Merced 2Waymo 3Google Research 4Yonsei University

Input image ensemble

3D outputs (per-instance)

Given 20-30 in-the-wild images of an articulated animal class, Hi-LASSIE first discovers a generic 3D skeleton, then optimizes the camera viewpoints, skeleton articulations, as well as the shared and per-instance neural part surfaces.


Automatically estimating 3D skeleton, shape, camera viewpoints, and part articulation from sparse in-the-wild image ensembles is a severely under-constrained and challenging problem. Most prior methods rely on large-scale image datasets, dense temporal correspondence, or human annotations like camera pose, 2D keypoints, and shape templates. We propose Hi-LASSIE, which performs 3D articulated reconstruction from only 20-30 online images in the wild without any user-defined shape or skeleton templates. We follow the recent work of LASSIE that tackles a similar problem setting and make two significant advances. First, instead of relying on a manually annotated 3D skeleton, we automatically estimate a class-specific skeleton from the selected reference image. Second, we improve the shape reconstructions with novel instance-specific optimization strategies that allow reconstructions to faithful fit on each instance while preserving the class-specific priors learned across all images. Experiments on in-the-wild image ensembles show that Hi-LASSIE obtains higher fidelity state-of-the-art 3D reconstructions despite requiring minimum user input.

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Results on LASSIE images

Hi-LASSIE can reconstruct high-fidelity 3D shapes of diverse animal classes (top to bottom: zebra, giraffe, tiger, elephant, kangaroo, penguin). Note that each output shape consists of 3D parts built upon the self-discovered skeleton.


Since Hi-LASSIE adopts a skeleton-based representation, it can generate animations from images simply via pose interpolation between different instances. We show two examples of input image (left) and animation (right).



@inproceedings{yao2022hi-lassie, title={Hi-LASSIE: High-Fidelity Articulated Shape and Skeleton Discovery from Sparse Image Ensemble}, author={Yao, Chun-Han and Hung, Wei-Chih and Li, Yuanzhen and Rubinstein, Michael and Yang, Ming-Hsuan and Jampani, Varun}, journal={arXiv preprint arXiv:2212.11042}, year={2022} }

Related work

LASSIE: Learning Articulated Shapes from Sparse Image Ensemble via 3D Part Discovery. NeurIPS 2022.
NeRS: Neural Reflectance Surfaces for Sparse-View 3D Reconstruction in the Wild. NeurIPS 2021.
Self-supervised Single-view 3D Reconstruction via Semantic Consistency. ECCV 2020.
Articulation Aware Canonical Surface Mapping. CVPR 2020.
Three-D Safari: Learning to Estimate Zebra Pose, Shape, and Texture from Images "In the Wild". ICCV 2019.

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