TIDE: Temporally Incremental Disparity Estimation via Pattern Flow in Structured Light System

Rukun Qiao, Hiroshi Kawasaki, Hongbin Zha

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We introduced Temporally Incremental Disparity Estimation Network (TIDE-Net), a learning-based technique for disparity computation in mono-camera structured light systems. In our hardware setting, a static pattern is projected onto a dynamic scene and captured by a monocular camera. Different from most former disparity estimation methods that operate in a frame-wise manner, our network acquires disparity maps in a temporally incremental way. Specifically, We exploit the deformation of projected patterns (named pattern flow) on captured image sequences, to model the temporal information. Notably, this newly proposed pattern flow formulation reflects the disparity changes along the epipolar line, which is a special form of optical flow. Tailored for pattern flow, the TIDE-Net, a recurrent architecture, is proposed and implemented. For each incoming frame, our model fuses correlation volumes (from current frame) and disparity (from former frame) warped by pattern flow. From fused features, the final stage of TIDE-Net estimates the residual disparity rather than the full disparity, as conducted by many previous methods. Interestingly, this design brings clear empirical advantages in terms of efficiency and generalization ability. Using only synthetic data for training, our extensitve evaluation results (w.r.t. both accuracy and efficienty metrics) show superior performance than several SOTA models on unseen real data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5111-5118
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Optimization
  • Artificial Intelligence


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