Processing differential image motion

J Opt Soc Am A. 1985 Feb;2(2):354-60. doi: 10.1364/josaa.2.000354.


The inference of three-dimensional camera motion parameters and the layout of a scene from image flows becomes particularly simple from a computational point of view if the scene contains depth variations. Under this condition, the differential image motion yields a simple estimate of the translation field lines at image locations corresponding to depth discontinuities in the scene. This in turn facilitates closed-form solutions of camera motion parameters and environmental depth. Our results may have relevance to human motion perception, which also seems to rely on depth variation in processing image motion.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Depth Perception
  • Humans
  • Mathematics
  • Motion Perception
  • Movement*
  • Vision, Ocular*