MuSCLE: Multi Sweep Compression of LiDAR using Deep Entropy Models

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 33 (NeurIPS 2020)

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Sourav Biswas, Jerry Liu, Kelvin Wong, Shenlong Wang, Raquel Urtasun


We present a novel compression algorithm for reducing the storage of LiDAR sensory data streams. Our model exploits spatio-temporal relationships across multiple LIDAR sweeps to reduce the bitrate of both geometry and intensity values. Towards this goal, we propose a novel conditional entropy model that models the probabilities of the octree symbols, by considering both coarse level geometry and previous sweeps’ geometric and intensity information. We then exploit the learned probability to encode the full data-stream into a compact one. Our experiments demonstrate that our method significantly reduces the joint geometry and intensity bitrate over prior state-of-the-art LiDAR compression methods, with a reduction of 7–17% and 15–35% on the UrbanCity and SemanticKITTI datasets respectively.