ThreeDWorld: A Platform for Interactive Multi-Modal Physical Simulation

TitleThreeDWorld: A Platform for Interactive Multi-Modal Physical Simulation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsGen, C, Schwartz, J, Alter, S, Schrimpf, M, Traer, J, De Freitas, J, Kubilius, J, Bhandwaldar, A, Haber, N, Sano, M, Kim, K, Wang, E, Mrowca, D, Lingelbach, M, Curtis, A, Feigleis, K, Bear, DM, Gutfreund, D, Cox, D, DiCarlo, JJ, McDermott, JH, Tenenabum, JB, Yamins, DLK
Date Published07/2020
Type of ArticlePreprint

We introduce ThreeDWorld (TDW), a platform for interactive multi-modal physical simulation. With TDW, users can simulate high-fidelity sensory data and physical interactions between mobile agents and objects in a wide variety of rich 3D environments. TDW has several unique properties: 1) realtime near photo-realistic image rendering quality; 2) a library of objects and environments with materials for high-quality rendering, and routines enabling user customization of the asset library; 3) generative procedures for efficiently building classes of new environments 4) high-fidelity audio rendering; 5) believable and realistic physical interactions for a wide variety of material types, including cloths, liquid, and deformable objects; 6) a range of "avatar" types that serve as embodiments of AI agents, with the option for user avatar customization; and 7) support for human interactions with VR devices. TDW also provides a rich API enabling multiple agents to interact within a simulation and return a range of sensor and physics data representing the state of the world. We present initial experiments enabled by the platform around emerging research directions in computer vision, machine learning, and cognitive science, including multi-modal physical scene understanding, multi-agent interactions, models that "learn like a child", and attention studies in humans and neural networks. The simulation platform will be made publicly available.

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