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Journal of Electronic Imaging

Real-time planar segmentation of depth images: from three-dimensional edges to segmented planes
Author(s): Hani Javan Hemmat; Egor Yahor Bondarev; Peter H. N. de With
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Paper Abstract

Real-time execution of processing algorithms for handling depth images in a three-dimensional (3-D) data framework is a major challenge. More specifically, considering depth images as point clouds and performing planar segmentation requires heavy computation, because available planar segmentation algorithms are mostly based on surface normals and/or curvatures, and, consequently, do not provide real-time performance. Aiming at the reconstruction of indoor environments, the spaces mainly consist of planar surfaces, so that a possible 3-D application would strongly benefit from a real-time algorithm. We introduce a real-time planar segmentation method for depth images avoiding any surface normal calculation. First, we detect 3-D edges in a depth image and generate line segments between the identified edges. Second, we fuse all the points on each pair of intersecting line segments into a plane candidate. Third and finally, we implement a validation phase to select planes from the candidates. Furthermore, various enhancements are applied to improve the segmentation quality. The GPU implementation of the proposed algorithm segments depth images into planes at the rate of 58 fps. Our pipeline-interleaving technique increases this rate up to 100 fps. With this throughput rate improvement, the application benefit of our algorithm may be further exploited in terms of quality and enhancing the localization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 2015
PDF: 11 pages
J. Electron. Imaging. 24(5) 051008 doi: 10.1117/1.JEI.24.5.051008
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 24, Issue 5
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Hani Javan Hemmat, Technische Univ. Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
Egor Yahor Bondarev, Technische Univ. Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
Peter H. N. de With, Technische Univ. Eindhoven (The Netherlands)

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