• KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
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Fast image stitching method for handling dynamic object problems in Panoramic Images


Abstract

The construction of panoramic images on smartphones and low-powered devices is a challenging task. In this paper, we propose a new approach for smoothly stitching images on mobile phones in the presence of moving objects in the scene. Our main contributions include handling moving object problems, reducing processing time, and generating rectangular panoramic images. First, unique and robust feature points are extracted using fast ORB method and a feature matching technique is applied to match the extracted feature points. After obtaining good matched feature points, we employ the non-deterministic RANSAC algorithm to discard wrong matches, and the hommography transformation matrix parameters are estimated with the algorithm. Afterward, we determine precise overlap regions of neighboring images and calculate their absolute differences. Then, thresholding operation and noise removal filtering are applied to create a mask of possible moving object regions. Sequentially, an optimal seam is estimated using dynamic programming algorithm, and a combination of linear blending with the mask information is applied to avoid seam transition and ghosting artifacts. Finally, image-cropping operation is utilized to obtain a rectangular boundary image from the stitched image. Experiments demonstrate that our method is able to produce panoramic images quickly despite the existence of moving objects.


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[IEEE Style]
Murodjon Abdukholikov and Taegkeun Whangbo, "Fast image stitching method for handling dynamic object problems in Panoramic Images," KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, vol. 11, no. 11, pp. 5419-5434, 2017. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2017.11.013

[ACM Style]
Abdukholikov, M. and Whangbo, T. 2017. Fast image stitching method for handling dynamic object problems in Panoramic Images. KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, 11, 11, (2017), 5419-5434. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2017.11.013