Three-dimensional reconstruction of points and lines with unknown correspondence across images

Y. Q. Cheng, X. G. Wang, R. T. Collins, E. M. Riseman, A. R. Hanson

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Three-dimensional reconstruction from a set of images is an important and difficult problem in computer vision. In this paper, we address the problem of determining image feature correspondences while simultaneously reconstructing the corresponding 3D features, given the camera poses of disparate monocular views. First, two new affinity measures are presented that capture the degree to which candidate features from different images consistently represent the projection of the same 3D point or 3D line. An affinity measure for point features in two different views is defined with respect to their distance from a hypothetical projected 3D pseudo-intersection point. Similarly, an affinity measure for 2D image line segments across three views is defined with respect to a 3D pseudo-intersection line. These affinity measures provide a foundation for determining unknown correspondences using weighted bipartite graphs representing candidate point and line matches across different images. As a result of this graph representation, a standard graph-theoretic algorithm can provide an optimal, simultaneous matching and triangulation of points across two views, and lines across three views. Experimental results on synthetic and real data demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-156
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Vision
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence


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