Direct pose estimation for planar objects

Po Chen Wu, Hung Yu Tseng, Ming Hsuan Yang, Shao Yi Chien

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Estimating six degrees of freedom poses of a planar object from images is an important problem with numerous applications ranging from robotics to augmented reality. While the state-of-the-art Perspective-n-Point algorithms perform well in pose estimation, the success hinges on whether feature points can be extracted and matched correctly on target objects with rich texture. In this work, we propose a two-step robust direct method for six-dimensional pose estimation that performs accurately on both textured and textureless planar target objects. First, the pose of a planar target object with respect to a calibrated camera is approximately estimated by posing it as a template matching problem. Second, each object pose is refined and disambiguated using a dense alignment scheme. Extensive experiments on both synthetic and real datasets demonstrate that the proposed direct pose estimation algorithm performs favorably against state-of-the-art feature-based approaches in terms of robustness and accuracy under varying conditions. Furthermore, we show that the proposed dense alignment scheme can also be used for accurate pose tracking in video sequences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-66
Number of pages17
JournalComputer Vision and Image Understanding
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is partially supported by Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan (R.O.C.), under Grant MOST103-2221-E-002 -268 -MY3 and MOST106-2221-E-002 -215 -MY3 .

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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