3D Shape and Pose Estimaion of Deformable Tapes from Multiple Views

Hitoshi Kubota, Masakazu Ono, Masami Takeshi, Hideo Saito

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In this paper, we propose a method to estimate 3D shape of deformable plastic tapes from multiple camera images. In this method, the tape is modeled as serial connection of multiple rectangular plates, where the size of each plate is previously known and node angles of between plates represent the shape of the object. The node angles of the object are estimated by 2D silhouette shapes taken in the multiple images. The estimation is performed by minimizing the difference of the silhouette shapes between the input images and synthesized images of the model shape. For demonstrating the proposed method, 3D shape of a tape is estimated with two camera images. The accuracy of the estimation is sufficient for making the assembling robot in our plant to handle the tape. Computation time is also sufficiently short for applying the proposed algorithm in the assembling plant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-665
Number of pages7
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Electronics, Information and Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan


  • 3D shape and pose estimation
  • Downhill simplex method
  • Jointed Plate Model
  • Thin deformable tapes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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