Directions of motion fields are hardly ever ambiguous

TitleDirections of motion fields are hardly ever ambiguous
Publication TypeBook Chapters
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsBrodsky T, Fermüller C, Aloimonos Y
EditorBuxton B, Cipolla R
Book TitleComputer Vision — ECCV '96Computer Vision — ECCV '96
Series TitleLecture Notes in Computer Science
Pagination119 - 128
PublisherSpringer Berlin / Heidelberg
ISBN Number978-3-540-61123-3

Recent literature [7, 10, 11, 9, 13, 17] provides a number of results regarding uniqueness aspects of motion fields and exact image displacements due to 3-D rigid motion. Here instead of the full motion field we consider only the direction of the motion field due to a rigid motion and ask what can we say about the three-dimensional motion information contained in it. This paper provides a geometric analysis of this question based solely on the fact that the depth of the surfaces in view is positive (i.e. that the surface in view is in front of the camera). With this analysis we thus offer a theoretical foundation for image constraints employing only the sign of flow in various directions and provide a solid basis for their utilization in addressing 3D dynamic vision problems.