Solidarity filter for noise reduction of 3D edges in depth images

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3D applications processing depth images significantly benefit from 3D-edge extraction techniques. Intrinsic sensor noise in depth images is largely inherited to the extracted 3D edges. Conventional denoising algorithms remove some of this noise, but also weaken narrow edges, amplify noisy pixels and introduce false edges. We therefore propose a novel solidarity filter for noise removal in 3D edge images without artefacts such as false edges. The proposed filter is defining neighbouring pixels with similar properties and connecting those into larger segments beyond the size of a conventional filter aperture. The experimental results show that the solidarity filter outperforms the median and morphological close filters with 42% and 69% higher PSNR, respectively. In terms of the mean SSIM metric, the solidarity filter provides results that are 11% and 21% closer to the ground truth than the corresponding results obtained by the median and close filters, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems : 16th International Conference, ACIVS 2015, Catania, Italy, October 26-29, 2015. Proceedings
EditorsS. Battiato, J. Blanc-Talon, G. Gallo, W. Philips, D. Popescu , P. Scheunders
Place of PublicationBerlin
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-25903-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-25902-4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


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