Structure Recovery from Multiple Images by Directly Estimating the Intersections in 3-D Space

Shinjiro KAWATO  

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IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E77-D   No.9   pp.966-972
Publication Date: 1994/09/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on 3D Image Processing)
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Keyword: 
stereo,  octree,  intersection,  3-D recovery,  and multiple images,  

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Summary: 
This paper presents a new approach to the recovery of 3-D structure from multiple pairs of images from different viewpoints. Searching for the corresponding points between images, which is common in stereopsis, is avoided. Extracted edges from input images are projected back into 3-D space, and their intersections are calculated directly. Many false intersections may appear, but if we have many pair images, true intersections are extracted by appropriate thresholding. Octree representation of the intersections enables this approach. We consider a way to treat adjacent edge piexels as a line segment rather than as individual points, which differs from previous works and leads to a new algorithm. Experimental results using both synthetic and actual images are also described.