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Geometry-Based Distributed Scene Representation With Omnidirectional Vision Sensors

This paper addresses the problem of efficient representation of scenes captured by distributed omnidirectional vision sensors. We propose a novel geometric model to describe the correlation between different views of a 3-D scene. We first approximate the camera images by sparse expansions over a dictionary of geometric atoms. Since the most important visual features are likely to be equivalently dominant in images from multiple cameras, we model the correlation between corresponding features in different views by local geometric transforms. For the particular case of omnidirectional images, we define the multiview transforms between corresponding features based on shape and epipolar geometry constraints. We apply this geometric framework in the design of a distributed coding scheme with side information, which builds an efficient representation of the scene without communication between cameras. The Wyner–Ziv encoder partitions the dictionary into cosets of dissimilar atoms with respect to shape and position in the image. The joint decoder then determines pairwise correspondences between atoms in the reference image and atoms in the cosets of the Wyner–Ziv image in order to identify the most likely atoms to decode under epipolar geometry constraints. Experiments demonstrate that the proposed method leads to reliable estimation of the geometric transforms between views. In particular, the distributed coding scheme offers similar rate-distortion performance as joint encoding at low bit rate and outperforms methods based on independent decoding of the different images.

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