A new approach to vanishing point detection in architectural environments

TitleA new approach to vanishing point detection in architectural environments
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsRother, C
Conference NameImage and Vision Computing
KeywordsArchitecture, Camera calibration, Geometric constraints, Vanishing lines, Vanishing points

A man-made environment is characterized by many parallel lines and orthogonal edges. In this article, a new method for detecting the three mutually orthogonal directions of such an environment is presented. Since real-time performance is not necessary for architectural applications, such as building reconstruction, a computationally intensive approach was chosen. However, this enables us to avoid one fundamental error of most other existing techniques. Compared to theirs, our approach is furthermore more rigorous, since all conditions given by three mutually orthogonal directions are identified and utilized. We assume a partly calibrated camera with unknown focal length and unknown principal point. By examining these camera parameters, which can be determined from orthogonal directions, falsely detected vanishing points may be rejected. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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