Simultaneous Multiple 3D Motion Estimation via Mode Finding on Lie Groups

Oncel Tuzel(1), Raghav Subbarao(2) and Peter Meer(1,2)

(1) Department of Computer Science
(2) Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA

We propose a new method to estimate multiple rigid motions from noisy 3D point correspondences in the presence of outliers. The method does not require prior specification of number of motion groups and estimates all the motion parameters simultaneously. We start with generating samples from the rigid motion distribution. The motion parameters are then estimated via mode finding operations on the sampled distribution. Since rigid motions do not lie on a vector space, classical statistical methods can not be used for mode finding. We develop a mean shift algorithm which estimates modes of the sampled distribution using the Lie group structure of the rigid motions. We also show that proposed mean shift algorithm is general and can be applied to any distribution having a matrix Lie group structure. Experimental results on synthetic and real image data demonstrate the superior performance of the algorithm.

10th IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision., Beijing, China, October 2005, vol. I, 18-25.
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