Calibrating zooming cameras from multiple images without feature extraction

W. Brent Seales, David Eggert

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Abstract

This work presents a new approach to the problem of calibrating a zoomable camera. The calibration of zooming cameras is central for tasks which employ zoom to improve feature detection and correspondence, such as 3-D stereo reconstruction. Our method solves for the parameters of a camera model using a global optimization technique on a sequence of images of a known calibration target obtained for different mechanical zoom settings. This approach addresses two primary weaknesses in classical camera calibration. First, the process avoids the difficulties of explicit feature detection. Feature localization is instead included as part of the error measure used in the optimization. Second, images are not calibrated independently, as in previous efforts. Rather, the optimization process considers all images simultaneously, representing the final calibrated camera as a function of zoom. We compute a starting point for the optimization using the measured mechanical zoom settings for the images, and certain features identified by either a high-level process or a human operator. This paper describes the details of our approach, showing initial experimental results on real data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-282
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume2355
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 6 1994
EventSensor Fusion VII 1994 - Boston, United States
Duration: Oct 31 1994Nov 4 1994

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Luc Robert at INRIA-Sophia Antipolis for software tools and ideas for extending his original formulation. We greatly appreciate the support of Professor Werner Von Seelen, Wolfgang Theimer, and Stefan Bohrer from the vision group at the University of Bochum where the test data were taken. Finally we gratefully acknowledge the support of the National Science Foundation for this project under grant number IRI-9308415.

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Luc Robert at INRIA-Sophia Antipolis for software tools and ideas for extending his original formulation. We greatly appreciate the support of Professor Werner Von Seelen, Wolfgang Theimer, and Stefan Bohrer from the vision group at the University of Bochum where the test data were taken. Finally we gratefully acknowledge the support of the National Science Foundation for this project under grant number

Publisher Copyright:
© 1994 SPIE. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Active camera
  • Active vision
  • Calibration
  • Zoom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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