The Surprising Effectiveness of Visual Odometry Techniques for Embodied PointGoal Navigation

Xiaoming Zhao, Harsh Agrawal, Dhruv Batra, Alexander Schwing

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Abstract

It is fundamental for personal robots to reliably navigate to a specified goal. To study this task, PointGoal navigation has been introduced in simulated Embodied AI environments. Recent advances solve this PointGoal navigation task with near-perfect accuracy (99.6% success) in photo-realistically simulated environments, assuming noiseless egocentric vision, noiseless actuation and most importantly, perfect localization. However, under realistic noise models for visual sensors and actuation, and without access to a “GPS and Compass sensor,” the 99.6%-success agents for PointGoal navigation only succeed with 0.3%. In this work, we demonstrate the surprising effectiveness of visual odometry for the task of PointGoal navigation in this realistic setting, i.e., with realistic noise models for perception and actuation and without access to GPS and Compass sensors. We show that integrating visual odometry techniques into navigation policies improves the state-of-the-art on the popular Habitat PointNav benchmark by a large margin, improving success from 64.5% to 71.7% while executing 6.4 times faster.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages16107-16116
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781665428125
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event18th IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV 2021 - Virtual, Online, Canada
Duration: Oct 11 2021Oct 17 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision
ISSN (Print)1550-5499

Conference

Conference18th IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision, ICCV 2021
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVirtual, Online
Period10/11/2110/17/21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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