Robust tracking and structure from motion through sampling based uncertainty representation

Peng Chang and Martial Hebert
Proceedings of ICRA '02, May, 2002.


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Abstract
Geometric reconstruction of the environment from images is critical in autonomous mapping and robot navigation. Geometric reconstruction involves feature tracking, i.e., locating corresponding image features in consecutive images, and structure from motion (SFM), i.e., recovering the 3-D structure of the environment from a set of correspondences between images. Although algorithms for feature tracking and structure from motion are well-established, their use in practical robot mobile applications is still difficult because of occluded features, non-smooth motion between frames, and ambiguous patterns in images. In this paper, we show how a sampling-based representation can be used in place of the traditional Gaussian representation of uncertainty. We show how sampling can be used for both feature tracking and SFM and we show how they are combined in this framework. The approach is exercised in the context of a mobile robot navigating through an outdoor environment with an omnidirectional camera.

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Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center

Text Reference
Peng Chang and Martial Hebert, "Robust tracking and structure from motion through sampling based uncertainty representation," Proceedings of ICRA '02, May, 2002.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Chang_2002_4046,
   author = "Peng Chang and Martial Hebert",
   title = "Robust tracking and structure from motion through sampling based uncertainty representation",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of ICRA '02",
   month = "May",
   year = "2002",
}