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Wavelet-Based Fluid Motion Estimation.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-24785-9_62 Conference: Scale Space and Variational Methods in Computer Vision - Third International Conference, SSVM 2011, Ein-Gedi, Israel, May 29 - June 2, 2011, Revised Selected Papers
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ABSTRACT Based on a wavelet expansion of the velocity field, we present a novel optical flow algorithm dedicated to the estimation of continuous motion fields such as fluid flows. This scale-space representation, associated to a simple gradient-based optimization algorithm, naturally sets up a well-defined multi-resolution analysis framework for the optical flow estimation problem, thus avoiding the common drawbacks of standard multi-resolution schemes. Moreover, wavelet properties enable the design of simple yet efficient high-order regularizers or polynomial approximations associated to a low computational complexity. Accuracy of proposed methods is assessed on challenging sequences of turbulent fluids flows.

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