LiDAR-Flow: Dense Scene Flow Estimation from Sparse LiDAR and Stereo Images

Ramy Battrawy, René Schuster, Oliver Wasenmüller, Qing Rao, Didier Stricker

In: International conference in robotics and intelligent systems. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS-2019) IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems November 4-8 Macao Macao SAR of China IEEE 2019.


We propose a new approach called LiDAR-Flow to robustly estimate a dense scene flow by fusing a sparse LiDAR with stereo images. We take the advantage of the high accuracy of LiDAR to resolve the lack of information in some regions of stereo images due to textureless objects, shadows, ill-conditioned light environment and many more. Additionally, this fusion can overcome the difficulty of matching unstructured 3D points between LiDAR-only scans. Our LiDAR-Flow approach consists of three main steps; each of them exploits LiDAR measurements. First, we build strong seeds from LiDAR to enhance the robustness of matches between stereo images. The imagery part seeks the motion matches and increases the density of scene flow estimation. Then, a consistency check employs LiDAR seeds to remove the possible mismatches. Finally, LiDAR measurements constraint the edge-preserving interpolation method to fill the remaining gaps. In our evaluation we investigate the individual processing steps of our LiDAR-Flow approach and demonstrate the superior performance compared to image-only approach.

IROS19_0972_FI.pdf (pdf, 2 MB)

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
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