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Matching 2D Images in 3D: Metric Relative Pose from Metric Correspondences

Axel Barroso-Laguna · Sowmya Munukutla · Victor Adrian Prisacariu · Eric Brachmann

Arch 4A-E Poster #2
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Wed 19 Jun 5 p.m. PDT — 6:30 p.m. PDT
Oral presentation: Orals 2C 3D from multiview and sensors
Wed 19 Jun 1 p.m. PDT — 2:30 p.m. PDT


Given two images, we can estimate the relative camera pose between them by establishing image-to-image correspondences. Usually, correspondences are 2D-to-2D and the pose we estimate is defined only up to scale. Some applications, aiming at instant augmented reality anywhere, require scale-metric pose estimates, and hence, they rely on external depth estimators to recover the scale. We present MicKey, a keypoint matching pipeline that is able to predict metric correspondences in 3D camera space. By learning to match 3D coordinates across images, we are able to infer the metric relative pose without depth measurements. Depth measurements are also not required for training, nor are scene reconstructions or image overlap information. MicKey is supervised only by pairs of images and their relative poses. MicKey achieves state-of-the-art performance on the Map-Free Relocalisation benchmark while requiring less supervision than competing approaches. The code will be made publicly available.

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