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Improved Fourier Mellin Invariant for Robust Rotation Estimation with Omni-Cameras

TitleImproved Fourier Mellin Invariant for Robust Rotation Estimation with Omni-Cameras
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsXu, Q., A. G. Chavez, H. Bülow, A. Birk, and S. Schwertfeger
Conference NameIEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP)
KeywordsOmnidirectional vision pose estimation spectral registration visual odometry
Abstract

Spectral methods such as the improved Fourier Mellin Invariant (iFMI) transform have proved to be faster, more robust and accurate than feature based methods on image registration. However, iFMI is restricted to work only when the camera moves in 2D space and has not been applied on omni-cameras images so far. In this work, we extend the iFMI method and apply a motion model to estimate an omni-camera’s pose when it moves in 3D space. In the experiment section, we compare the extended iFMI method against ORB and AKAZE feature based approaches on three datasets, showing different types of environments: office, lawn and urban scenery (MPI-omni dataset). The results show that our method reduces the error of the camera pose estimation two to three times with respect to the feature registration techniques, while offering lower processing times.