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Precise Subpixel Disparity Measurement From Very Narrow Baseline Stereo

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3 Author(s)
Morgan, G.L.K. ; Dept. of Earth Sci. & Eng., Imperial Coll. London, London, UK ; Jian Guo Liu ; Hongshi Yan

To obtain depth-from-stereo imagery, it is traditionally required that the baseline separation between images (or the base-to-height ratio) be very large in order to ensure the largest image disparity range for effective measurement. Typically, a B/H ratio in the range of 0.6-1 is preferred. As a consequence, most existing stereo-matching algorithms are designed to measure disparities reliably with only integer-pixel precision. However, wide baselines may increase the possibility of occlusion occurring between highly contrasting relief, imposing a serious problem to digital elevation model (DEM) generation in urban and highly dissected mountainous areas. A narrow-baseline stereo configuration can alleviate the problem significantly but requires very precise measurements of disparity at subpixel levels. In this paper, we demonstrate a stereo-matching algorithm, based upon the robust phase correlation method, that is capable of directly measuring disparities up to 1/50th pixel accuracy and precision. The algorithm enables complete and dense surface shape information to be retrieved from images with unconventionally low B/H ratios (e.g., less than 0.01), potentially allowing DEM generation from images that would otherwise not be deemed suitable for the purpose.

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 9 )