Correlation Flow: Robust Optical Flow Using Kernel Cross-Correlators

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Authors Chen Wang, Thien-Minh Nguyen, Lihua Xie, Tete Ji
Journal/Conference Name Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
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Paper Abstract Robust velocity and position estimation is crucial for autonomous robot navigation. The optical flow based methods for autonomous navigation have been receiving increasing attentions in tandem with the development of micro unmanned aerial vehicles. This paper proposes a kernel cross-correlator (KCC) based algorithm to determine optical flow using a monocular camera, which is named as correlation flow (CF). Correlation flow is able to provide reliable and accurate velocity estimation and is robust to motion blur. In addition, it can also estimate the altitude velocity and yaw rate, which are not available by traditional methods. Autonomous flight tests on a quadcopter show that correlation flow can provide robust trajectory estimation with very low processing power. The source codes are released based on the ROS framework.
Date of publication 2018
Code Programming Language Python
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