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Visual Navigation By Tracking Of Environmental Points
Author(s): Amit Bandopadhay; Dana H. Ballard
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Paper Abstract

An observer can facilitate the computation of Egomotion parameters by tracking a point in the environment. The optical flow field generated by the tracking motion is analyzed for a translating and rotating observer. It is assumed that the observer tracks accurately, without significant slippage. In this case the constraint on the egomotion parameters due to the optical flow field is much simpler than that for the non tracking case. A principal advantage of the proposed scheme is that the computational process does not need to know the tracking velocity. The present method provides a mathematical formulation for the problem, which was also addressed in a qualitative way by researchers such as Cutting. A simple algebraic analysis determines when the parameters of motion can be computed uniquely.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 1986
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0635, Applications of Artificial Intelligence III, (26 March 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.964166
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Amit Bandopadhay, University of Rochester (United States)
Dana H. Ballard, University of Rochester (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0635:
Applications of Artificial Intelligence III
John F. Gilmore, Editor(s)

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