Range image smoothing and completion utilizing laser intensity

Shuji Oishi, Ryo Kurazume, Yumi Iwashita, Tsutomu Hasegawa

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In this paper, we propose new denoising techniques for a deteriorated range image taken by a laser scanner. Laser scanner acquires a range value from the scanner to the target by measuring the round-trip time of the emitted laser pulse. At the same time, they can obtain the strength of the reflected light as a side product of the range value. Focusing on the laser intensity, we propose two denoising techniques for a deteriorated range image utilizing the intensity image: smoothing by extended bilateral filter, and completion by belief propagation. The extended bilateral filter makes use of laser intensity in addition to the spatial and range information in order that we can smooth a range image corrupted by noises while the geometric features such as jump and roof edges are preserved. The range image completion technique with belief propagation restores a deteriorated range image using the adjacent range values and the corresponding intensity values simultaneously. We conduct simulations and experiments using synthesized images and actual range images taken by a laser scanner and verify that the proposed techniques suppress noise while preserving jump and roof edges and repair deteriorated range images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)947-958
Number of pages12
JournalAdvanced Robotics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications


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