SOFEA: A Non-Iterative and Robust Optical Flow Estimation Algorithm for Dynamic Vision Sensors

CVPR 2020

SOFEA: A Non-Iterative and Robust Optical Flow Estimation Algorithm for Dynamic Vision Sensors

Sep 29, 2020
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Authors: Weng Fei Low, Zhi Gao, Cheng Xiang, Bharath Ramesh Description: We introduce the single-shot optical flow estimation algorithm (SOFEA) to non-iteratively compute the continuous-time flow information of events produced from bio-inspired cameras such as the dynamic vision sensor (DVS). The output of a DVS is a stream of asynchronous spikes (events), transmitted at very minimal latency (1-10 μs), caused by local brightness changes. Due to this unconventional output, a continuous representation of events over time is invaluable to most applications using the DVS. To this end, SOFEA consolidates the spatio-temporal information on the surface of active events for flow estimation in a single-shot manner, as opposed to iterative methods in the literature. In contrast to previous works, this is also the first principled method towards finding locally optimal set of neighboring events for plane fitting using an adaptation of Prim's algorithm. Consequently, SOFEA produces flow estimates that are more accurate across a wide variety of scenes compared to state-of-the-art methods. A direct application of such flow estimation is rendering sharp event images using the set of active events at a given time, which is further demonstrated and compared to existing works (source code will be made available at our homepage after the review process).

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