Talking Papers Podcast

Cameras as Rays - Jason Y. Zhang

March 14, 2024 Itzik Ben-Shabat Season 1 Episode 33
Talking Papers Podcast
Cameras as Rays - Jason Y. Zhang
Show Notes

 Talking Papers Podcast Episode: "Cameras as Rays: Pose Estimation via Ray Diffusion" with Jason Zhang

Welcome to the latest episode of the Talking Papers Podcast! This week's guest is Jason Zhang, a PhD student at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University who joined us to discuss his paper, "Cameras as Rays: Pose Estimation via Ray Diffusion". The paper was published in the highly-respected conference ICLR, 2024.

Jason's research hones in on the pivotal task of estimating camera poses for 3D reconstruction - a challenge made more complex with sparse views. His paper proposes an inventive and out-of-the-box representation that perceives camera poses as a bundle of rays. This innovative perspective makes a substantial impact on the issue at hand, demonstrating promising results even in the context of sparse views.

What's particularly exciting is that his work, be it regression-based or diffusion-based, showcases top-notch performance on camera pose estimation on CO3D, and effectively generalizes to unseen object categories as well as captures in the wild.

Throughout our conversation, Jason explained his insightful approach and how the denoising diffusion model and set-level transformers come into play to yield these impressive results. I found his technique a breath of fresh air in the field of camera pose estimation, notably in the formulation of both regression and diffusion models. 

On a more personal note, Jason and I didn't know each other before this podcast, so it was fantastic learning about his journey from the Bay Area to Pittsburgh. His experiences truly enriched our discussion and coined one of our most memorable episodes yet.

We hope you find this podcast as enlightening as we did creating it. If you enjoyed our chat, don't forget to subscribe for more thought-provoking discussions with early career academics and PhD students. Leave a comment below sharing your thoughts on Jason's paper!

Until next time, keep following your curiosity and questioning the status quo.

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