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EPSRC Reference: EP/S010203/1
Title: DEFORM: Large Scale Shape Analysis of Deformable Models of Humans
Principal Investigator: Zafeiriou, Dr S
Other Investigators:
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Max Planck Institutes (Grouped) Oculus VR, LLC Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Department: Dept of Computing
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: EPSRC Fellowship
Starts: 01 January 2019 Ends: 31 December 2023 Value (£): 1,350,283
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Image & Vision Computing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Information Technologies
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
04 Jul 2018 EPSRC ICT Prioritisation Panel July 2018 Announced
04 Sep 2018 ICT and DE Fellowship Interviews 5 and 6 September 2018 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Recently, computer vision is witnessing a paradigm shift. Standard robust features, such as Scale Invariant Feature Transform (SIFT), Histogram of Oriented Gradienst (HoGs), etc., are replaced by learnable filters via the application of Deep Convolutional Neural Networks (DCNNs). Furthermore, for applications (e.g., detection, tracking, recognition, etc.) that involve deformable objects, such as human bodies/faces/hands etc., traditional statistical or physics-based deformable models are combined with DCNNs with very good results. The current progress is made due to the abundance of complex visual data in the Big Data era, spread mostly through the Internet via web services such as Youtube, Flickr, and Google Images. The latter has led to the development of huge databases (such as ImageNet, Microsoft COCO, and 300W, etc.) consisting of visual data captured "in-the wild". Furthermore, the scientific and industrial community has undertaken large-scale annotation tasks. For example, me and my group have made huge efforts to annotate over 30K facial images and 500K video frames with regards to a large number of facial landmarks. The COCO team has annotated thousands of body images with regards to body joints, etc. All the above annotations generally refer to a set of sparse parts of objects and/or their segments, which can be annotated by humans (e.g., through crowd sourcing). In order to make the next step in automatic understanding of a scene in general, and humans and their actions, in particular, the community needs to acquire 3D dense information. Even though the collection of 2D intensity images is now a relatively easy and inexpensive process, the collection of high-resolution 3D scans of deformable objects, such as humans and their (body) parts, still remains an expensive and laborious process. This is the principal reason why very limited efforts have been made in collecting large-scale databases of 3D faces, heads, hands, bodies, etc.

In DEFORM, I propose to perform large-scale collection of high-resolution 4D sequences of humans. Furthermore, I propose new lines of research in order to provide high quality annotations regarding the correspondences between the 2D intensity "in-the-wild" images and the dense 3D structure of deformable objects' shapes and in particular of humans and their parts. Establishing dense 2D-to-3D correspondences can effortlessly solve many image-level tasks such as landmark (part) localisation, dense semantic part segmentation, estimation of deformations (i.e., behaviour), etc.
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