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Monocular Depth Prediction Through Continuous 3D Loss

Minghan Zhu, Maani Ghaffari, Yuanxin Zhong, Pingping Lu, Zhong Cao, Ryan M. Eustice, Huei Peng

Published 2020-03-21Version 1

This paper reports a new continuous 3D loss function for learning depth from monocular images. The dense depth prediction from a monocular image is supervised using sparse LIDAR points, exploiting available data from camera-LIDAR sensor suites during training. Currently, accurate and affordable range sensor is not available. Stereo cameras and LIDARs measure depth either inaccurately or sparsely/costly. In contrast to the current point-to-point loss evaluation approach, the proposed 3D loss treats point clouds as continuous objects; and therefore, it overcomes the lack of dense ground truth depth due to the sparsity of LIDAR measurements. Experimental evaluations show that the proposed method achieves accurate depth measurement with consistent 3D geometric structures through a monocular camera.