Biologically Inspired Motion Encoding for Robust Global Motion Estimation

Abstract

The growing use of cameras embedded in autonomous robotic platforms and worn by people is increasing the importance of accurate global motion estimation (GME). However, the existing GME methods may degrade considerably under illumination variations. In this paper, we address this problem by proposing a biologically inspired GME method that achieves high estimation accuracy in the presence of illumination variations. We mimic the early layers of the human visual cortex with the spatio-temporal Gabor motion energy by adopting the pioneering model of Adelson and Bergen, and we provide the closed-form expressions that enable the study and adaptation of this model to different application needs. Moreover, we propose a normalisation scheme for motion energy to tackle temporal illumination variations. Finally, we provide an overall GME scheme which, to the best of our knowledge, achieves the highest accuracy on the pose, illumination, and expression database.

DOI: 10.1109/TIP.2017.2651394

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@article{Sariyanidi2017BiologicallyIM, title={Biologically Inspired Motion Encoding for Robust Global Motion Estimation}, author={Evangelos Sariyanidi and Hatice Gunes and Andrea Cavallaro}, journal={IEEE Transactions on Image Processing}, year={2017}, volume={26}, pages={1521-1535} }