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In this paper, underwater scene modeling from multisensor data is addressed. Acoustic and optical devices aboard an underwater vehicle are used to sense the environment in order to produce an output that is readily understandable even by an inexperienced operator. The main idea is to integrate multiple-sensor data by geometrically registering such data to a model. The geometrical structure of this model is a priori known but not ad hoc designed for this purpose. As a result, the vehicle pose is derived and model objects can be superimposed upon actual images, thus generating an augmented-reality representation. Results on a real underwater scene are reported, showing the effectiveness of the proposed approach.
Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:10 , Issue: 6 )
Date of Publication: Nov.-Dec. 2004