Towards Edge-assisted Real-time 3D Segmentation of Large Scale LIDAR Point Clouds

Fraser McLean, Leyang Xue, Chris Xiaoxuan Lu, Mahesh K. Marina

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Abstract

Light detection and ranging (LIDAR) has become a cost-effective and accessible sensor for a broad range of embedded devices including mobile phones and drones. Vision applications of these embedded devices require fast and accurate inferences to drive them, while at the same time power consumption should be kept low. Achieving both these requirements is hard due to the size of high quality LIDAR point cloud data streams – significantly larger than vision inputs such as images. The complexity of point cloud segmentation adds further difficulty for achieving high quality, realtime LIDAR data driven vision applications on battery powered embedded devices. We consider edge offloading as a potential approach to reconcile these conflicting requirements. Specifically, we present an experimental characterization study exploring the benefit of edge-assisted LIDAR point cloud segmentation, considering diverse set of embedded devices and state-of-the-art semantic segmentation models. Our results indicate that edge offloading is always beneficial from a device energy efficiency perspective and can also significantly reduce inference latency, especially with compressive edge offloading. These latency improvements however fall short of meeting real-time requirements. We outline a number of potential follow-on research directions to enable edge assisted accurate and real-time LIDAR point cloud segmentation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Embedded and Mobile Deep Learning
PublisherACM Association for Computing Machinery
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9404-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022
EventThe 6th International Workshop on Embedded and Mobile Deep Learning - Portland, United States
Duration: 1 Jul 20221 Jul 2022
Conference number: 6
https://emdl22.github.io/index.html

Conference

ConferenceThe 6th International Workshop on Embedded and Mobile Deep Learning
Abbreviated titleEMDL 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPortland
Period1/07/221/07/22
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Keywords

  • 3D point cloud
  • LIDAR
  • machine learning
  • offloading

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