Using geometric constraints for matching disparate stereo views of 3D scenes containing planes

Several vision tasks rely upon the availability of sets of corresponding features among images. This paper presents a method which, given some corresponding features in two stereo images, addresses the problem of matching them with features extracted from a second stereo pair captured from a distant viewpoint. The proposed method is based on the assumption that the viewed scene contains two planar surfaces and exploits geometric constraints that are imposed by the existence of these planes to predict the location of image features in the second stereo pair. The resulting scheme handles point and line features in a unified manner and is capable of successfully matching features extracted from stereo pairs acquired from considerably different viewpoints. Experimental results from a prototype implementation demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach.

Contributions: Stavros Tzurbakis, Manolis Lourakis, Antonis Argyros, Stelios Orphanoudakis

Current status: Method developed, on-line experiments available.

Sample results


Fig (a): Left image of the first stereo-pair


Fig (b): Right image of the first stereo-pair



Fig (c): Left image of the second stereo-pair



Fig (d):Point matches in the left image of the first stereo pair


Fig (e): Point matches in the right image of the first stereo pair



Fig (f): Resulting matched points at the distant, left image of the second stereo pair


Fig (g): Reconstruction of scene and camera geometry based on the extracted correspondences: side viewer



Fig (h): Reconstruction of scene and camera geometry based on the extracted correspondences: top view


Available documents:

  • M. Lourakis, S. Tzurbakis, A. Argyros, S. Orphanoudakis "Using Geometric Constraints for Matching Disparate Stereo Views of 3D Scenes Containing Planes", International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR'00), September 3-8, 2000.
    Download paper (pdf file, 78 Kbytes), presented at ICPR 00
  • Extended version is available as technical report: M.I.A. Lourakis, S. Tzurbakis, A.A. Argyros, S.O. Orphanoudakis, "Using Geometric Constraints for Matching Disparate Stereo Views of 3D Scenes Containing Planes", TR268 ICS-FORTH, February 2000
    Download technical report (pdf file, 198 Kbytes)
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