Structure-from-motion based on information at surface boundaries

William B. Thompson, Daniel Kersten, William R. Knecht

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Existing computational models of structurefrom-motion - the appearance of three-dimensional motion generated by moving two-dimensional patterns - are all based on variations of optical flow or feature point correspondence within the interior of single objects. Three separate phenomena provide strong evidence that in human vision, structure-from-motion is significantly affected by surface boundary cues. In the first, a rotating cylinder is seen, though no variation in optical flow exists across the apparent cylinder. In the second, the shape of the bounding contour of a moving pattern dominates the actual differential motion within the pattern. In the third, the appearance of independently moving objects changes significantly when the boundary between them becomes indistinct. We describe a simple computational model sufficient to account for these effects. The model is based on qualitative constraints relating possible object motions to patterns of flow, together with an understanding of the patterns of flow that can be discriminated in practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-333
Number of pages7
JournalBiological Cybernetics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 1 1992

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