STRUCTURE AND MOTION ESTIMATION FROM APPARENT CONTOURS UNDER CIRCULAR MOTION
K-Y.K.Wong, P.R.S.Mendonça and R.Cipolla.
In this paper we address the problem of recovering structure and motion from the apparent contours of a smooth surface. Fixed image features under circular motion and their relationships with the intrinsic parameters of the camera are exploited to provide a simple parameterization of the fundamental matrix relating any pair of views in the sequence. Such a parameterization allows a trivial initialization of the motion parameters, which all bear physical meanings. It also greatly reduces the dimension of the search space for the optimization problem, which can now be solved using only 2 epipolar tangents. In contrast to previous methods, the motion estimation algorithm introduced here can cope with incomplete circular motion and more widely spaced images. Existing techniques for model reconstruction from apparent contours are then reviewed and compared. Experiment on real data has been carried out and the 3D model reconstructed from the estimated motion is presented.
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