A proposal of 3D feature based on occupancy of point cloud in multi-scale shell region

Shoichi Takei, Shuichi Akizuki, Manabu Hashimoto

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In this paper, we propose a novel keypoint detection and feature description method called "SHORT" (Shell Histograms and Occupancy from Radial Transform) for fast 3D object recognition. Conventional keypoint detection and feature description methods such as the SHOT method have been necessary to calculate many normal vectors or other statistical values from the point cloud data in local regions, so its computational costs are expensive. By contrast, the SHORT method consists of a fast keypoint detector that does not calculate statistics and a fast feature descriptor that uses a small number of points in the restricted local regions. The keypoint detector uses the occupancy measure which can be estimated by only counting the number of points in multiple spherical shell regions. Also the feature descriptor uses a small number of points included in distinctive shell regions of multiple scales. Experimental results in 3D object recognition using real dataset show that the processing speed of the proposed method is approximately nine times faster than that of comparative methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1078-1084
Number of pages7
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Electronics, Information and Systems
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • 3D feature description
  • 3D object recognition
  • Multiple scale shell
  • Occupancy
  • Robot vision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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