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Multi-Scale Oriented Patches

Matthew Brown, Richard Szeliski, and Simon Winder


This paper describes a novel multi-view matching framework based on a new type of invariant feature. Our features are located at Harris corners in discrete scale-space and oriented using a blurred local gradient. This defines a rotationally invariant frame in which we sample a feature descriptor, which consists of an 8x8 patch of bias/gain normalised intensity values. The density of features in the image is controlled using a novel adaptive non-maximal suppression algorithm, which gives a better spatial distribution of features than previous approaches. Matching is achieved using a fast nearest neighbour algorithm that indexes features based on their low frequency Haar wavelet coefficients. We also introduce a novel outlier rejection procedure that verifies a pairwise feature match based on a background distribution of incorrect feature matches. Feature matches are refined using RANSAC and used in an automatic 2D panorama stitcher that has been extensively tested on hundreds of sample inputs.


Publication typeTechReport
InstitutionMicrosoft Research

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Matthew Brown, Simon Winder, and Richard Szeliski. Multi-Image Matching using Multi-Scale Oriented Patches, IEEE Computer Society, June 2005.

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