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Comparing Optical Flow Algorithms Using 6-DOF Motion of Real-World Rigid Objects

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4 Author(s)
Marco Mammarella ; GMV Aerospace and Defence, Space System B.U., Tres Cantos, Spain ; Giampiero Campa ; Mario L. Fravolini ; Marcello R. Napolitano

The application of optical flow algorithms to guidance and navigation problems has gained considerable interest in recent years. This paper summarizes the results of a comparative study on the accuracy of nine different optical flow (OF) algorithms using videos that are captured from an on-board camera during the flight of an autonomous aircraft model. The comparison among the algorithms relies on two formulas that are used both to calculate the ideal OF generated by the motion of a rigid body in the camera field of view and to estimate the linear and angular velocity from the OF.

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IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part C (Applications and Reviews)  (Volume:42 ,  Issue: 6 )