INTENSITY AND RANGE IMAGE BASED FEATURES FOR OBJECT DETECTION IN MOBILE MAPPING DATA
Keywords: low-level features, image processing, point clouds, mobile and terrestrial mapping, 3-D features, 2-D features
Abstract. Mobile mapping is used for asset management, change detection, surveying and dimensional analysis. There is a great desire to automate these processes given the very large amounts of data, especially when 3-D point cloud data is combined with co-registered imagery – termed "3-D images". One approach requires low-level feature extraction from the images and point cloud data followed by pattern recognition and machine learning techniques to recognise the various high level features (or objects) in the images. This paper covers low-level feature analysis and investigates a number of different feature extraction methods for their usefulness. The features of interest include those based on the "bag of words" concept in which many low-level features are used e.g. histograms of gradients, as well as those describing the saliency (how unusual a region of the image is). These mainly image based features have been adapted to deal with 3-D images. The performance of the various features are discussed for typical mobile mapping scenarios and recommendations made as to the best features to use.