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Topological Localization Using Optical Flow Descriptors

PublicationsPosted by navid nourani Fri, January 27, 2012 09:50:52


Navid Nourani-Vatani, Paulo VK Borges, Jonathan Roberts and Mandyam Srinivasan

Publication Date

November 2011

Conference Name & Place

IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) Workshop on Challenges and Opportunities in Robot Perception, Barcelona, Spain


We propose a topological localization method based on optical flow information. We analyse the statistical characteristics of the optical flow signal and demonstrate that the flow vectors can be used to identify and describe key locations in the environment. The key locations (nodes) correspond to significant scene changes and depth discontinuities. Since optical flow vectors contain position, magnitude and angle information, for each node, we extract low and high order statistical moments of the vectors and use them as descriptors for that node. Once a database of nodes and their corresponding optical flow features is created, the robot can perform topological localization by using the Mahalanobis distance between the current frame and the database. This is supported by field trials, which illustrate the repeatability of the proposed method for detecting and describing key locations in indoor and outdoor environments in challenging and diverse lighting conditions.


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