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Iterative point matching for registration of freeform curves and surfaces
, 1994
"... A heuristic method has been developed for registering two sets of 3D curves obtained by using an edgebased stereo system, or two dense 3D maps obtained by using a correlationbased stereo system. Geometric matching in general is a difficult unsolved problem in computer vision. Fortunately, in ma ..."
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A heuristic method has been developed for registering two sets of 3D curves obtained by using an edgebased stereo system, or two dense 3D maps obtained by using a correlationbased stereo system. Geometric matching in general is a difficult unsolved problem in computer vision. Fortunately, in many practical applications, some a priori knowledge exists which considerably simplifies the problem. In visual navigation, for example, the motion between successive positions is usually approximately known. From this initial estimate, our algorithm computes observer motion with very good precision, which is required for environment modeling (e.g., building a Digital Elevation Map). Objects are represented by a set of 3D points, which are considered as the samples of a surface. No constraint is imposed on the form of the objects. The proposed algorithm is based on iteratively matching points in one set to the closest points in the other. A statistical method based on the distance distribution is used to deal with outliers, occlusion, appearance and disappearance, which allows us to do subsetsubset matching. A leastsquares technique is used to estimate 3D motion from the point correspondences, which reduces the average distance between points in the two sets. Both synthetic and real data have been used to test the algorithm, and the results show that it is efficient and robust, and yields an accurate motion estimate.
Distributed Representation and Analysis of Visual Motion
, 1993
"... This thesis describes some new approaches to the representation and analysis of visual motion, as perceived by a biological or machine visual system. We begin by discussing the computation of image motion fields, the projection of motion in the threedimensional world onto the twodimensional image ..."
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This thesis describes some new approaches to the representation and analysis of visual motion, as perceived by a biological or machine visual system. We begin by discussing the computation of image motion fields, the projection of motion in the threedimensional world onto the twodimensional image plane. This computation is notoriously difficult, and there are a wide variety of approaches that have been developed for use in image processing, machine vision, and biological modeling. We show that a large number of the basic techniques are quite similar in nature, differing primarily in conceptual motivation, and that they each fail to handle a set of situations that occur commonly in natural scenery. The central theme of the thesis is that the failure of these algorithms is due primarily to the use of vector fields as a representation for visual motion. We argue that the translational vector field representation is inherently impoverished and errorprone. Furthermore, there is evidence that a ...
Research In Cognitive Science Bayesian Approach to the Brain Image Matching Problem
, 1995
"... The application of image matching to the problem of localizing structural anatomy in images of the human brain forms the speci c aim of our work. The interpretation of such images is a di cult task for human observers because of the many ways in which the identity of a given structure can be obscure ..."
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The application of image matching to the problem of localizing structural anatomy in images of the human brain forms the speci c aim of our work. The interpretation of such images is a di cult task for human observers because of the many ways in which the identity of a given structure can be obscured. Our approach is based on the assumption that a common topology underlies the anatomy of normal individuals. To the degree that this assumption holds, the localization problem can be solved by determining the mapping from the anatomy ofagiven individual to some referential atlas of cerebral anatomy. Previous such approaches have inmanycases relied on a physical interpretation of this mapping. In this paper, we examine a more general Bayesian formulation of the image matching problem and demonstrate the approach ontwodimensional magnetic resonance images.