image2mass: Estimating the Mass of an Object from Its Image

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Trevor Standley, Ozan Sener, Dawn Chen, Silvio Savarese ;
Proceedings of the 1st Annual Conference on Robot Learning, PMLR 78:324-333, 2017.

Abstract

Successful robotic manipulation of real-world objects requires an understanding of the physical properties of these objects. We propose a model for estimating one such physical property, mass, from an object’s image. We collect a large dataset of online product information containing images, sizes, and weights. We compare several baseline models for the image-to-mass problem that were trained on this dataset. We also characterize human performance on the problem. Finally, we present a model that takes into account an estimate of the 3D shape of the object. This model performs significantly better than these baselines and compares favorably to the performance of humans. All models are tested on a held-out set of product data, as well as a relatively small dataset that we captured with a scale and a digital camera.

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