SAnE: Smart Annotation and Evaluation Tools for Point Cloud Data
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionIEEE Access. 2020, 8 131848-131858. 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3009914
Addressing the need for high-quality, time efficient, and easy to use annotation tools, we propose SAnE, a semiautomatic annotation tool for labeling point cloud data. The contributions of this paper are threefold: (1) we propose a denoising pointwise segmentation strategy enabling a fast implementation of one-click annotation, (2) we expand the motion model technique with our guided-tracking algorithm, and (3) we provide an interactive, yet robust, open-source point cloud annotation tool, targeting both skilled and crowdsourcing annotators. Using the KITTI dataset, we show that the SAnE speeds up the annotation process by a factor of 4 while achieving Intersection over Union (IoU) agreements of 84%. Furthermore, in experiments using crowdsourcing services, SAnE achieves more than 20% higher IoU accuracy compared to the existing annotation tool and its baseline, while reducing the annotation time by a factor of 3. This result shows the potential of SAnE, for providing fast and accurate annotation labels for large-scale datasets with a significantly reduced price. SAnE is open-sourced at https://github.com/hasanari/sane.