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Remote Distance Measurement from a Single Image by Automatic Detection and Perspective Correction
  • KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
    Monthly Online Journal (eISSN: 1976-7277)

Remote Distance Measurement from a Single Image by Automatic Detection and Perspective Correction

Vol. 13, No. 8, August 30, 2019
10.3837/tiis.2019.08.009, Download Paper (Free):

Abstract

This paper proposes a novel method for locating objects in real space from a single remote image and measuring actual distances between them by automatic detection and perspective transformation. The dimensions of the real space are known in advance. First, the corner points of the interested region are detected from an image using deep learning. Then, based on the corner points, the region of interest (ROI) is extracted and made proportional to real space by applying warp-perspective transformation. Finally, the objects are detected and mapped to the real-world location. Removing distortion from the image using camera calibration improves the accuracy in most of the cases. The deep learning framework Darknet is used for detection, and necessary modifications are made to integrate perspective transformation, camera calibration, un-distortion, etc. Experiments are performed with two types of cameras, one with barrel and the other with pincushion distortions. The results show that the difference between calculated distances and measured on real space with measurement tapes are very small; approximately 1 cm on an average. Furthermore, automatic corner detection allows the system to be used with any type of camera that has a fixed pose or in motion; using more points significantly enhances the accuracy of real-world mapping even without camera calibration. Perspective transformation also increases the object detection efficiency by making unified sizes of all objects.


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[IEEE Style]
M. A. Layek, T. Chung and E. Huh, "Remote Distance Measurement from a Single Image by Automatic Detection and Perspective Correction," KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, vol. 13, no. 8, pp. 3981-4004, 2019. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2019.08.009.

[ACM Style]
Md Abu Layek, TaeChoong Chung, and Eui-Nam Huh. 2019. Remote Distance Measurement from a Single Image by Automatic Detection and Perspective Correction. KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, 13, 8, (2019), 3981-4004. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2019.08.009.