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Self-supervised Detection and Pose Estimation of Logistical Objects in 3D Sensor Data

Nikolas Müller; Jonas Stenzel; Jian-Jia Chen
In: 25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition. International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR-2020), January 10-15, Milan, Italy, IEEE, 1/2021.


Localization of objects in cluttered scenes with machine learning methods is a fairly young research area. Despite the high potential of object localization for full process automation in Industry 4.0 and logistical environments, 3D data sets for such applications to train machine learning models are not openly available and only few publications have been made on that topic. To the authors knowledge, this is the first publication that describes a self-supervised and fully automated deep learning approach for object pose estimation using simulated 3D data. The solution covers the simulated generation of training data, the detection of objects in point clouds using a fully convolutional voting network and the computation of the pose for each detected object instance.