Towards Robust Visual Odometry with a Multi-Camera System


We present a visual odometry (VO) algorithm for a multi-camera system and robust operation in challenging environments. Our algorithm consists of a pose tracker and a local mapper. The tracker estimates the current pose by minimizing photometric errors between the most recent keyframe and the current frame. The mapper initializes the depths of all sampled feature points using plane-sweeping stereo. To reduce pose drift, a sliding window optimizer is used to refine poses and structure jointly. Our formulation is flexible enough to support an arbitrary number of stereo cameras. We evaluate our algorithm thoroughly with five datasets. The datasets were captured in different conditions: daytime, night-time with near-infrared (NIR) illumination and night-time without NIR illumination. Experimental results show that a multi-camera setup makes the VO more robust in challenging environments, especially night-time conditions, in which a single stereo configuration fails easily due to the lack of features.

In International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2020
Marcel Geppert
Marcel Geppert
PhD Student in Computer Science

I’m working on geometric constraints in Computer Vision.