Deep Feedback Inverse Problem Solver

Wei-Chiu Ma, Shenlong Wang, Jiayuan Gu, Sivabalan Manivasagam, Antonio Torralba, Raquel Urtasun ;


We present an efficient, effective, and generic approach towards solving inverse problems. The key idea is to leverage the feedback signal provided by the forward process and learn an iterative update model. Specifically, in each iteration, the neural network takes the feedback as input and outputs an update on current estimation. Our approach does not have any restrictions on the forward process; it does not require any prior knowledge either. Through the feedback information, our model not only can produce accurate estimations that are coherent to the input observation but also is capable of recovering from early incorrect predictions. We verify the performance of our model over a wide range of inverse problems, including 6-DOF pose estimation, illumination estimation, as well as inverse kinematics. Comparing to traditional optimization-based methods, we can achieve comparable or better performance while being two to three orders of magnitude faster. Compared to deep learning-based approaches, our model consistently improves the performance on all metrics."

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