Large Language Models (LLMs) are revolutionizing the field of Artificial Intelligence. These models, such as GPT-3.5, GPT 4, DALLE 2, and BERT, have had a tremendous impact on various industries like healthcare, finance, and entertainment. They excel at generating unique content based on short prompts.
While vision foundation models (VFMs) like SAM, X-Decoder, and SEEM have made significant progress in 2D perception tasks, there is still room for improvement in 3D VFM research. Researchers suggest expanding current 2D VFMs to handle 3D perception tasks. One critical task is the segmentation of point clouds captured by LiDAR sensors, which is crucial for the safe operation of autonomous vehicles. However, labeling point clouds is time-consuming and difficult.
To address these challenges, a team of researchers has introduced Seal, a framework that uses VFMs to segment diverse automotive point cloud sequences. Seal leverages cross-modal representation learning to gather semantically rich knowledge from VFMs, supporting self-supervised representation learning on automotive point clouds. The framework develops high-quality contrastive samples for cross-modal representation learning using the 2D-3D relationship between LiDAR and camera sensors.
Seal possesses three key properties that make it a valuable tool. First, it is scalable, as it converts VFMs into point clouds, eliminating the need for 2D or 3D annotations during pretraining. This scalability allows Seal to handle large amounts of data without human annotation. Second, it enforces spatial and temporal links between camera and LiDAR sensors, enabling efficient cross-modal representation learning. This ensures that the learned representations incorporate relevant data from both modalities. Third, Seal is generalizable and can handle different point cloud datasets with varying resolutions, sizes, cleanliness levels, and contamination levels.
The team behind Seal has highlighted its key contributions. Seal is a scalable, reliable, and generalizable framework that captures semantic-aware spatial and temporal consistency. It extracts useful features from automobile point cloud sequences. Additionally, this study is the first to use 2D vision foundation models for self-supervised representation learning on a large scale of 3D point clouds. In evaluations on eleven different point cloud datasets, Seal outperformed previous methods in both linear probing and fine-tuning for downstream applications.
Seal’s performance was assessed on the nuScenes dataset, where it achieved a remarkable mean Intersection over Union (mIoU) of 45.0% after linear probing. This performance surpassed random initialization by 36.9% mIoU and outperformed previous state-of-the-art methods by 6.1% mIoU. Seal also demonstrated significant performance gains in twenty different few-shot fine-tuning tasks across all eleven tested point cloud datasets.
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About the author: Tanya Malhotra is a final year undergrad student at the University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, pursuing a BTech in Computer Science Engineering with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. She is passionate about data science and has strong analytical and critical thinking skills, along with an interest in acquiring new skills and managing work effectively.