Identifying Unknown Instances for Autonomous Driving
Proceedings of the Conference on Robot Learning, PMLR 100:384-393, 2020.
In the past few years, we have seen great progress in perception algorithms, particular through the use of deep learning. However, most existing approaches focus on a few categories of interest, which represent only a small fraction of the potential categories that robots need to handle in the real-world. Thus, identifying objects from unknown classes remains a challenging yet crucial task. In this paper, we develop a novel open-set instance segmentation algorithm for point clouds which can segment objects from both known and unknown classes in a holistic way. Our method uses a deep convolutional neural network to project points into a category-agnostic embedding space in which they can be clustered into instances irrespective of their semantics. Experiments on two large-scale self-driving datasets validate the effectiveness of our proposed method.