Image Matching using Local Symmetry Features
We present a new technique for extracting local features from images of architectural scenes, based on detecting and representing local symmetries. These new features are motivated by the fact that local symmetries, at different scales, are a fundamental characteristic of many urban images, and are potentially more invariant to large appearance changes than lower-level features such as SIFT. Hence, we apply these features to the problem of matching challenging pairs of photos of urban scenes. Our features are based on simple measures of local bilateral and rotational symmetries computed using local image operations. These measures are used both for feature detection and for computing descriptors. We demonstrate our method on a challenging new dataset containing image pairs exhibiting a range of dramatic variations in lighting, age, and rendering style, and show that our features can improve matching performance for this difficult task.
Acknowledgements. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under IIS-0964027 and the Intel
Science and Technology Center for Visual Computing.