SparsetoDense: Depth Prediction from Sparse Depth Samples and a Single Image
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SparsetoDense: Depth Prediction from Sparse Depth Samples and a Single Image
We consider the problem of dense depth prediction from a sparse set of depth measurements and a single RGB image. Since depth estimation from monocular images alone is inherently ambiguous and unreliable, we introduce additional sparse depth samples, which are either collected from a lowresolution depth sensor or computed from SLAM, to attain a higher level of robustness and accuracy. We propose the use of a single regression network to learn directly from the RGBD raw data, and explore the impact of number of depth samples on prediction accuracy. Our experiments show that, as compared to using only RGB images, the addition of 100 spatially random depth samples reduces the prediction rootmeansquare error by half in the NYUDepthv2 indoor dataset. It also boosts the percentage of reliable prediction from 59% to 92% on the more challenging KITTI driving dataset. We demonstrate two applications of the proposed algorithm: serving as a plugin module in SLAM to convert sparse maps to dense maps, and creating much denser point clouds from lowresolution LiDARs. Codes and video demonstration are publicly available.
SparsetoDense: Depth Prediction from Sparse Depth Samples and a Single Image
by Fangchang Ma, Sertac Karaman
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1709.07492v1.pdf
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