A Stochastic Conditioning Scheme for Diverse Human Motion Prediction

CVPR 2020

Authors: Sadegh Aliakbarian, Fatemeh Sadat Saleh, Mathieu Salzmann, Lars Petersson, Stephen Gould Description: Human motion prediction, the task of predicting future 3D human poses given a sequence of observed ones, has been mostly treated as a deterministic problem. However, human motion is a stochastic process: Given an observed sequence of poses, multiple future motions are plausible. Existing approaches to modeling this stochasticity typically combine a random noise vector with information about the previous poses. This combination, however, is done in a deterministic manner, which gives the network the flexibility to learn to ignore the random noise. Alternatively, in this paper, we propose to stochastically combine the root of variations with previous pose information, so as to force the model to take the noise into account. We exploit this idea for motion prediction by incorporating it into a recurrent encoder-decoder network with a conditional variational autoencoder block that learns to exploit the perturbations. Our experiments on two large-scale motion prediction datasets demonstrate that our model yields high-quality pose sequences that are much more diverse than those from state-of-the-art stochastic motion prediction techniques.