360SD-Net: 360° Stereo Depth Estimation with Learnable Cost Volume

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Authors Ning-Hsu Wang, Min Sun, Wei-Chen Chiu, Bolivar Solarte, Yi-Hsuan Tsai
Journal/Conference Name Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
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Paper Abstract Recently, end-to-end trainable deep neural networks have significantly improved stereo depth estimation for perspective images. However, 360{\deg} images captured under equirectangular projection cannot benefit from directly adopting existing methods due to distortion introduced (i.e., lines in 3D are not projected onto lines in 2D). To tackle this issue, we present a novel architecture specifically designed for spherical disparity using the setting of top-bottom 360{\deg} camera pairs. Moreover, we propose to mitigate the distortion issue by (1) an additional input branch capturing the position and relation of each pixel in the spherical coordinate, and (2) a cost volume built upon a learnable shifting filter. Due to the lack of 360{\deg} stereo data, we collect two 360{\deg} stereo datasets from Matterport3D and Stanford3D for training and evaluation. Extensive experiments and ablation study are provided to validate our method against existing algorithms. Finally, we show promising results on real-world environments capturing images with two consumer-level cameras.
Date of publication 2019
Code Programming Language Python
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