Motion estimation and segmentation

Research paper by Tina Yu Tian, Mubarak Shah

Indexed on: 01 Jan '96Published on: 01 Jan '96Published in: Machine Vision and Applications


In the general structure-from-motion (SFM) problem involving several moving objects in a scene, the essential first step is to segment moving objects independently. We attempt to deal with the problem of optical flow estimation and motion segmentation over a pair of images. We apply a mean field technique to determine optical flow and motion boundaries and present a deterministic algorithm. Since motion discontinuities represented by line process are embedded in the estimation of the optical flow, our algorithm provides accurate estimates of optical flow especially along motion boundaries and handles occlusion and multiple motions. We show that the proposed algorithm outperforms other well-known algorithms in terms of estimation accuracy and timing.