Speeded Up Robust Features

Speeded Up Robust Features (SURF) was proposed by Herbert Bay, Tinne Tuytelaars, and Luc Van Gool in 2006. Some of the drawbacks of SIFT are that it is slow and computationally expensive. To target this problem, SURF was thought of. Apart from the increase in speed, the other motivations behind SURF were as follows:

  • Fast interest point detection
  • Distinctive interest point description
  • Speeded up descriptor matching
  • Invariant to the following common image transformations:
    • Image rotation
    • Scale changes
    • Illumination changes
    • Small changes in viewpoint

SURF detector

Just as SIFT approximate Laplacian of Gaussian images to Difference of Gaussian, SURF uses integral images to approximate Laplacian of Gaussian images. An integral image ...

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