Motion Transformer with Global Intention Localization and Local Movement Refinement

Shaoshuai Shi, Li Jiang, Dengxin Dai, Bernt Schiele

MPI for Informatics

Predicting multimodal future behavior of traffic participants is essential for robotic vehicles to make safe decisions. Existing works explore to directly predict future trajectories based on latent features or utilize dense goal candidates to identify agent’s destinations, where the former strategy converges slowly since all motion modes are derived from the same feature while the latter strategy has efficiency issue since its performance highly relies on the density of goal candidates. In this paper, we propose Motion TRansformer (MTR) framework that models motion prediction as the joint optimization of global intention localization and local movement refinement. Instead of using goal candidates, MTR incorporates spatial intention priors by adopting a small set of learnable motion query pairs. Each motion query pair takes charge of trajectory prediction and refinement for a specific motion mode, which stabilizes the training process and facilitates better multimodal predictions. Experiments show that MTR achieves state-of-the-art performance on both the marginal and joint motion prediction challenges, ranking 1st on the leaderboards of Waymo Open Motion Dataset. Code will be available at this https URL.

Figure 1: The architecture of MTR framework. (a) indicates the dense future prediction module, which predicts a single trajectory for each agent (e.g., drawn as yellow dashed curves in the above of (a)). (b) indicates the dynamic map collection module, which collects map elements along each predicted trajectory (e.g., drawn as the shadow region along each trajectory in the above part of (b)) to provide trajectory-specific feature for motion decoder network. (c) indicates the motion decoder network, where K is the number of motion query pairs, T is the number of future frames, D is hidden feature dimension and N is the number of transformer decoder layers. The predicted trajectories, motion query pairs, and query content features are the outputs from last decoder layer and will be taken as input to next decoder layer. For the first decoder layer, both two components of motion query pair are initialized as predefined intention points, the predicted trajectories are replaced with the intention points for initial map collection, and query content features are initialized as zeros

Figure 2: The illustration of dynamic map collection module for iterative motion refinement.

Figure 3: Qualitative results of MTR framework on WOMD. There are two interested agents in each scene (green rectangle), where our model predicts 6 multimodal future trajectories for each of them. For other agents (blue rectangle), a single trajectory is predicted by dense future prediction module. We use gradient color to visualize the trajectory waypoints at different future time step, and trajectory confidence is visualized by setting different transparent. Abbreviation: Vehicle (V), Pedestrian (P).

Table 1: Performance comparison of marginal motion prediction on the validation and test set of Waymo Open Motion Dataset. †: The results are shown in italic for reference since their performance is achieved with model ensemble techniques. We only evaluate our default setting MTR on the test set by submitting to official test server due to the limitation of submission times of WOMD.


“Motion Transformer with Global Intention Localization and Local Movement Refinement”

Shaoshuai Shi, Li Jiang, Dengxin Dai, Bernt Schiele

NeurIPS 2022