Occlusions and binocular stereo

Davi Geiger, Bruce Ladendorf, Alan Yuille

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Binocular stereo is the process of obtaining depth information from a pair of left and right cameras. In the past occlusions have been regions where stereo algorithms have failed. We show that, on the contrary, they can help stereo computation by providing cues for depth discontinuities. We describe a theory for stereo based on the Bayesian approach. We suggest that a disparity discontinuity in one eye’s coordinate system always corresponds to an occluded region in the other eye thus leading to an occlusion constraint or monotonicity constraint. The constraint restricts the space of possible disparity values, simplifying the computations, and gives a possible explanation for a variety of optical illusions. Using dynamic programming we have been able to find the optimal solution to our system and the experimental results support the model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Vision - ECCV 1992 - 2nd European Conference on Computer Vision, Proceedings
EditorsGiulio Sandini
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783540554264
StatePublished - 1992
Event2nd European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 1992 - Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
Duration: May 19 1992May 22 1992

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume588 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other2nd European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 1992
CitySanta Margherita Ligure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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