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Scale Selection for Classification of Point-sampled 3-D Surfaces

Jean-Francois Lalonde, Ranjith Unnikrishnan, Nicolas Vandapel and Martial Hebert
Conference Paper, Carnegie Mellon University, Fifth International Conference on 3-D Digital Imaging and Modeling (3DIM 2005), pp. 285 - 292, June, 2005

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Three-dimensional ladar data are commonly used to perform scene understanding for outdoor mobile robots, specifically in natural terrain. One effective method is to classify points using features based on local point cloud distribution into surfaces, linear structures or clutter volumes. But the local features are computed using 3-D points within a support-volume. Local and global point density variations and the presence of multiple manifolds make the problem of selecting the size of this support volume, or scale, challenging. In this paper we adopt an approach inspired by recent developments in computational geometry and investigate the problem of automatic data-driven scale selection to improve point cloud classification. The approach is validated with results using data from different sensors in various environments classified into different terrain types (vegetation, solid surface and linear structure).

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title = {Scale Selection for Classification of Point-sampled 3-D Surfaces},
author = {Jean-Francois Lalonde and Ranjith Unnikrishnan and Nicolas Vandapel and Martial Hebert},
booktitle = {Fifth International Conference on 3-D Digital Imaging and Modeling (3DIM 2005)},
keyword = {scale, classification, 3-D},
sponsor = {Army Research Laboratory},
grantID = {DAAD19-01-209912},
school = {Robotics Institute , Carnegie Mellon University},
month = {June},
year = {2005},
pages = {285 - 292},
address = {Pittsburgh, PA},