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Kalman Filterbased Algorithms for Estimating Depth from Image Sequences
, 1989
"... Using known camera motion to estimate depth from image sequences is an important problem in robot vision. Many applications of depthfrommotion, including navigation and manipulation, require algorithms that can estimate depth in an online, incremental fashion. This requires a representation that ..."
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Using known camera motion to estimate depth from image sequences is an important problem in robot vision. Many applications of depthfrommotion, including navigation and manipulation, require algorithms that can estimate depth in an online, incremental fashion. This requires a representation that records the uncertainty in depth estimates and a mechanism that integrates new measurements with existing depth estimates to reduce the uncertainty over time. Kalman filtering provides this mechanism. Previous applications of Kalman filtering to depthfrommotion have been limited to estimating depth at the location of a sparse set of features. In this paper, we introduce a new, pixelbased (iconic) algorithm that estimates depth and depth uncertainty at each pixel and incrementally refines these estimates over time. We describe the algorithm and contrast its formulation and performance to that of a featurebased Kalman filtering algorithm. We compare the performance of the two approaches by analyzing their theoretical convergence rates, by conducting quantitative experiments with images of a flat poster, and by conducting qualitative experiments with images of a realistic outdoorscene model. The results show that the new method is an effective way to extract depth from lateral camera translations. This approach can be extended to incorporate general motion and to integrate other sources of information, such as stereo. The algorithms we have developed, which combine Kalman filtering with iconic descriptions of depth, therefore can serve as a useful and general framework for lowlevel dynamic vision.
Finite Element Methods for Active Contour Models and Balloons for 2D and 3D Images
 IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
, 1991
"... The use of energyminimizing curves, known as "snakes" to extract features of interest in images has been introduced by Kass, Witkin and Terzopoulos [23]. A balloon model was introduced in [12] as a way to generalize and solve some of the problems encountered with the original method. We present a 3 ..."
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The use of energyminimizing curves, known as "snakes" to extract features of interest in images has been introduced by Kass, Witkin and Terzopoulos [23]. A balloon model was introduced in [12] as a way to generalize and solve some of the problems encountered with the original method. We present a 3D generalization of the balloon model as a 3D deformable surface, which evolves in 3D images. It is deformed under the action of internal and external forces attracting the surface toward detected edgels by means of an attraction potential. We also show properties of energyminimizing surfaces concerning their relationship with 3D edge points. To solve the minimization problem for a surface, two simplified approaches are shown first, defining a 3D surface as a series of 2D planar curves. Then, after comparing Finite Element Method and Finite Difference Method in the 2D problem, we solve the 3D model using the Finite Element Method yielding greater stability and faster convergence. We have a...
Matching 3D Anatomical Surfaces with NonRigid Deformations using OctreeSplines
 International Journal of Computer Vision
, 1996
"... Abstract. This paper presents a new method for determining the minimal nonrigid deformation between two 3D surfaces, such as those which describe anatomical structures in 3D medical images. Although we match surfaces, we represent the deformation as a volumetric transformation. Our method perform ..."
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Abstract. This paper presents a new method for determining the minimal nonrigid deformation between two 3D surfaces, such as those which describe anatomical structures in 3D medical images. Although we match surfaces, we represent the deformation as a volumetric transformation. Our method performs a least squares minimization of the distance between the two surfaces of interest. To quickly and accurately compute distances between points on the two surfaces, we use a precomputed distance map represented using an octree spline whose resolution increases near the surface. To quickly and robustly compute the deformation, we use a second octree spline to model the deformation function. The coarsest level of the deformation encodes the global (e.g., affine) transformation between the two surfaces, while finer levels encode smooth local displacements which bring the two surfaces into closer registration. We present experimental results on both synthetic and real 3D surfaces. 1.
Multiresolution markov models for signal and image processing
 Proceedings of the IEEE
, 2002
"... This paper reviews a significant component of the rich field of statistical multiresolution (MR) modeling and processing. These MR methods have found application and permeated the literature of a widely scattered set of disciplines, and one of our principal objectives is to present a single, coheren ..."
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This paper reviews a significant component of the rich field of statistical multiresolution (MR) modeling and processing. These MR methods have found application and permeated the literature of a widely scattered set of disciplines, and one of our principal objectives is to present a single, coherent picture of this framework. A second goal is to describe how this topic fits into the even larger field of MR methods and concepts–in particular making ties to topics such as wavelets and multigrid methods. A third is to provide several alternate viewpoints for this body of work, as the methods and concepts we describe intersect with a number of other fields. The principle focus of our presentation is the class of MR Markov processes defined on pyramidally organized trees. The attractiveness of these models stems from both the very efficient algorithms they admit and their expressive power and broad applicability. We show how a variety of methods and models relate to this framework including models for selfsimilar and 1/f processes. We also illustrate how these methods have been used in practice. We discuss the construction of MR models on trees and show how questions that arise in this context make contact with wavelets, state space modeling of time series, system and parameter identification, and hidden
Multiple Resolution Segmentation of Textured Images
 IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
, 1991
"... This paper presents a multiple resolution algorithm for segmenting images into regions with differing statistical behavior. In addition, an algorithm is developed for determining the number of statistically distinct regions in an image and estimating the parameters of those regions. Both algorithms ..."
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This paper presents a multiple resolution algorithm for segmenting images into regions with differing statistical behavior. In addition, an algorithm is developed for determining the number of statistically distinct regions in an image and estimating the parameters of those regions. Both algorithms use a causal Gaussian autoregressive (AR) model to describe the mean, variance and spatial correlation of the image textures. Together the algorithms may be used to perform unsupervised texture segmentation. The multiple resolution segmentation algorithm first segments images at coarse resolution and then progresses to finer resolutions until individual pixels are classified. This method results in accurate segmentations and requires significantly less computation than some previously known methods. The field containing the classification of each pixel in the image is modeled as a Markov random field (MRF). Segmentation at each resolution is then performed by maximizing the a posteriori prob...
Scattered Data Interpolation with Multilevel Splines
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON VISUALIZATION AND COMPUTER GRAPHICS
, 1997
"... This paper describes a fast algorithm for scattered data interpolation and approximation. Multilevel Bsplines are introduced to compute a C²continuous surface through a set of irregularly spaced points. The algorithm makes use of a coarsetofine hierarchy of control lattices to generate a sequen ..."
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This paper describes a fast algorithm for scattered data interpolation and approximation. Multilevel Bsplines are introduced to compute a C²continuous surface through a set of irregularly spaced points. The algorithm makes use of a coarsetofine hierarchy of control lattices to generate a sequence of bicubic Bspline functions whose sum approaches the desired interpolation function. Large performance gains are realized by using Bspline refinement to reduce the sum of these functions into one equivalent Bspline function. Experimental results demonstrate that highfidelity reconstruction is possible from a selected set of sparse and irregular samples.
Efficient multiscale regularization with applications to the computation of optical flow
 IEEE Trans. Image Process
, 1994
"... AbsfruetA new approach to regularization methods for image processing is introduced and developed using as a vehicle the problem of computing dense optical flow fields in an image sequence. Standard formulations of this problem require the computationally intensive solution of an elliptic partial d ..."
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AbsfruetA new approach to regularization methods for image processing is introduced and developed using as a vehicle the problem of computing dense optical flow fields in an image sequence. Standard formulations of this problem require the computationally intensive solution of an elliptic partial differential equation that arises from the often used “smoothness constraint” ’yl”. regularization. The interpretation of the smoothness constraint is utilized as a “fractal prior ” to motivate regularization based on a recently introduced class of multiscale stochastic models. The solution of the new problem formulation is computed with an efficient multiscale algorithm. Experiments on several image sequences demonstrate the substantial computational savings that can be achieved due to the fact that the algorithm is noniterative and in fact has a per pixel computational complexity that is independent of image size. The new approach also has a number of other important advantages. Specifically, multiresolution flow field estimates are available, allowing great flexibility in dealing with the tradeoff between resolution and accuracy. Multiscale error covariance information is also available, which is of considerable use in assessing the accuracy of the estimates. In particular, these error statistics can be used as the basis for a rational procedure for determining the spatiallyvarying optimal reconstruction resolution. Furthermore, if there are compelling reasons to insist upon a standard smoothness constraint, our algorithm provides an excellent initialization for the iterative algorithms associated with the smoothness constraint problem formulation. Finally, the usefulness of our approach should extend to a wide variety of illposed inverse problems in which variational techniques seeking a “smooth ” solution are generally Used. I.
Modeling and estimation of multiresolution stochastic processes
 IEEE TRANS. ON INFORMATION THEORY
, 1992
"... An overview is provided of the several components of a research effort aimed at the development of a theory of multiresolution stochastic modeling and associated techniques for optimal multiscale statistical signal and image processing. As described, a natural framework for developing such a theory ..."
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An overview is provided of the several components of a research effort aimed at the development of a theory of multiresolution stochastic modeling and associated techniques for optimal multiscale statistical signal and image processing. As described, a natural framework for developing such a theory is the study of stochastic processes indexed by nodes on lattices or trees in which different depths in the tree or lattice correspond to different spatial scales in representing a signal or image. In particular, it will be seen how the wavelet transform directly suggests such a modeling paradigm. This perspective then leads directly to the investigation of several classes of dynamic models and related notions of “ multiscale stationarity ” in which scale plays the role of a timelike variable. Focus is primarily on the investigation of models on homogenous trees. In particular, the elements of a dynamic system theory on trees are described
Efficient GraphBased Energy Minimization Methods In Computer Vision
, 1999
"... ms (we show that exact minimization in NPhard in these cases). These algorithms produce a local minimum in interesting large move spaces. Furthermore, one of them nds a solution within a known factor from the optimum. The algorithms are iterative and compute several graph cuts at each iteration. Th ..."
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ms (we show that exact minimization in NPhard in these cases). These algorithms produce a local minimum in interesting large move spaces. Furthermore, one of them nds a solution within a known factor from the optimum. The algorithms are iterative and compute several graph cuts at each iteration. The running time at each iteration is eectively linear due to the special graph structure. In practice it takes just a few iterations to converge. Moreover most of the progress happens during the rst iteration. For a certain piecewise constant prior we adapt the algorithms developed for the piecewise smooth prior. One of them nds a solution within a factor of two from the optimum. In addition we develop a third algorithm which nds a local minimum in yet another move space. We demonstrate the eectiveness of our approach on image restoration, stereo, and motion. For the data with ground truth, our methods signicantly outperform standard methods. Biographical Sketch Olga