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This paper presents a new efficient technique for large-scale structure from motion from unordered data sets. We avoid costly computation of all pairwise matches and geometries by sampling pairs of images using the pairwise similarity scores based on the detected occurrences of visual words leading to a significant speedup. Furthermore, atomic 3D models reconstructed from camera triplets are used as the seeds which form the final large-scale 3D model when merged together. Using three views instead of two allows us to reveal most of the outliers of pairwise geometries at an early stage of the process hindering them from derogating the quality of the resulting 3D structure at later stages. The accuracy of the proposed technique is shown on a set of 64 images where the result of the exhaustive technique is known. Scalability is demonstrated on a landmark reconstruction from hundreds of images.
Date of Conference: 20-25 June 2009