It Is Not the Journey but the Destination: Endpoint Conditioned Trajectory Prediction


Human trajectory forecasting with multiple socially interacting agents is of critical importance for autonomous navigation in human environments, e.g., for self-driving cars and social robots. In this work, we present Predicted Endpoint Conditioned Network (PECNet) for flexible human trajectory prediction. PECNet infers distant trajectory endpoints to assist in long-range multi-modal trajectory prediction. A novel nonlocal social pooling layer enables PECNet to infer diverse yet socially compliant trajectories. Additionally, we present a simple “truncation trick” for improving few-shot multi-modal trajectory prediction performance. We show that PECNet improves state-of-the-art performance on the Stanford Drone prediction benchmark by ∼19.5% & on the ETH/UCY benchmark by ∼40.8%.

European Conference on Computer Vision 2020 (Oral)