Scale-Invariant Features on the Sphere

Hansen, Peter I., Corke, Peter, Boles, Wageeh, & Daniilidis, Kostas (2007) Scale-Invariant Features on the Sphere. In IEEE 11th International Conference on Computer Vision 2007, IEEE, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, pp. 1-8.


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This paper considers an application of scale-invariant feature detection using scale-space analysis suitable for use with wide field of view cameras. Rather than obtain scale-space images via convolution with the Gaussian function on the image plane, we map the image to the sphere and obtain scale-space images as the solution to the heat (diffusion) equation on the sphere which is implemented in the frequency domain using spherical harmonics. The percentage correlation of scale-invariant features that may be matched between any two wide-angle images subject to change in camera pose is then compared using each of these methods. We also present a means by which the required sampling bandwidth may be determined and propose a suitable anti-aliasing filter which may be used when this bandwidth exceeds the maximum permissible due to computational requirements. The results show improved performance using scale-space images obtained as the solution of the diffusion equation on the sphere, with additional improvements observed using the anti-aliasing filter.

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ID Code: 9694
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Computer vision, scale, space, feature detection, spherical harmonics, spherical diffusion
DOI: 10.1109/ICCV.2007.4408893
ISBN: 9781424416318
ISSN: 1550-5499
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Computer Vision (080104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Pattern Recognition and Data Mining (080109)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 IEEE
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Deposited On: 22 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2013 06:10

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