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Robust Epipolar Geometry Estimation Using Noisy Pose Priors

Robust Epipolar Geometry Estimation Using Noisy Pose PriorsBy: Yehonatan Goldman

Epipolar geometry estimation is fundamental to many computer vision algorithms. It has therefore attracted a lot of interest in recent years, yielding high quality estimation algorithms for wide baseline image pairs. Currently many types of cameras (e.g., in smartphones and robot navigation systems) produce geo-tagged images containing pose and internal calibration data. Exploiting this information as part of an epipolar geometry estimation algorithm may be useful but not trivial, since the pose measurement may be quite noisy. We introduce SOREPP, a novel estimation algorithm designed to exploit pose priors naturally. It sparsely samples the pose space around the measured pose and for a few promising candidates applies a robust optimization procedure. It uses all the putative correspondences simultaneously, even though many of them are outliers, yielding a very efficient algorithm whose runtime is independent of the inlier fractions. SOREPP was extensively tested on synthetic data and on hundreds of real image pairs taken by a smartphone. Its ability to handle challenging scenarios with extremely low inlier fractions of less than 10% was demonstrated as was its ability to handle images taken by close cameras. It outperforms current state-of-the-art algorithms that do not use pose priors as well as other algorithms that do.

 

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