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Title: Depth-Based Selective Blurring in Stereo Images Using Accelerated Framework
Authors: Mukherjee, S.
Ram Mohana Reddy, Guddeti
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: 3D Research, 2014, Vol.5, 3, pp.1-21
Abstract: Abstract: We propose a hybrid method for stereo disparity estimation by combining block and region-based stereo matching approaches. It generates dense depth maps from disparity measurements of only 18 % image pixels (left or right). The methodology involves segmenting pixel lightness values using fast K-Means implementation, refining segment boundaries using morphological filtering and connected components analysis; then determining boundaries disparities using sum of absolute differences (SAD) cost function. Complete disparity maps are reconstructed from boundaries disparities. We consider an application of our method for depth-based selective blurring of non-interest regions of stereo images, using Gaussian blur to de-focus users non-interest regions. Experiments on Middlebury dataset demonstrate that our method outperforms traditional disparity estimation approaches using SAD and normalized cross correlation by up to 33.6 % and some recent methods by up to 6.1 %. Further, our method is highly parallelizable using CPU GPU framework based on Java Thread Pool and APARAPI with speed-up of 5.8 for 250 stereo video frames (4,096 2,304). 2014, 3D Research Center, Kwangwoon University and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
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