Point-Cloud Completion with Pretrained Text-to-image Diffusion Models

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Point-cloud data collected in real-world applications are often incomplete, be-

cause objects are being observed from specific viewpoints, which only capture

one perspective. Data can also be incomplete due to occlusion and low-resolution

sampling. Existing approaches to completion rely on training models with datasets

of predefined objects to guide the completion of point clouds. Unfortunately, these

approaches fail to generalize when tested on objects or real-world setups that

are poorly represented in their training set. Here, we leverage recent advances

in text-guided 3D shape generation, showing how to use image priors for gen-

erating 3D objects. We describe an approach called SDS-Complete that uses a

pre-trained text-to-image diffusion model and leverages the text semantics of a

given incomplete point cloud of an object, to obtain a complete surface representa-

tion. SDS-Complete can complete a variety of objects using test-time optimization

without expensive collection of 3D data. We evaluate SDS-Complete on a col-

lection of incomplete scanned objects, captured by real-world depth sensors and

LiDAR scanners. We find that it effectively reconstructs objects that are absent

from common datasets, reducing Chamfer loss by about 50% on average compared

with current methods.


Ohad Rahamim (Bar-Ilan University)

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