Affine and projective differential geometric invariants of space curves

A.H. Salden, B.M. Haar Romenij, ter, M.A. Viergever

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    A space curve, e.g., a parabolic line on a 2-dimensional surface in 3-dimensional Euclidean space, induces a plane curve under projective mapping. But 2-dimensional scalar input images of such an object are, normally, spatio-temporal slices through a luminance field caused by the interaction of an external field and that object. Consequently, the question arises how to obtain from those input images a consistent description of the space curve under projective transformations. By means of classical scale space theory, algebraic invariance theory, and classical differential geometry a new method of shape description for space curves from one or multiple views is proposed in terms of complete and irreducible sets of affine and projective differential geometric invariants. The method is based on defining implicitly connections for the observed curves that are highly correlated to the projected space curves. These projected curves are assumed to reveal themselves as coherent structures in the scale space representation of the differential structure of the input images. Several applications to stereo, optic flow, texture analysis, and image matching are briefly indicated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGeometric Methods in Computer Vision II : San Diego, CA, July 11, 1993
    EditorsB.C. Vemuri
    Place of PublicationBellingham
    Publication statusPublished - 1993

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of SPIE
    ISSN (Print)0277-786X


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