Terrain matching by analysis of aerial images

Jeffrey J. Rodriguez, J. K. Aggarwal

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A terrain matching algorithm has been developed for use in a passive aircraft navigation system. A sequence of aerial, optical images is matched to a reference digital map of the three-dimensional terrain. Stereo analysis of successive images results in the recovery of an elevation map of the observed terrain. A 'cliff map' is then used as a novel, compact representation of the terrain surface. The position and heading of the aircraft are determined via a terrain matching algorithm that locates the observed cliff map within the reference cliff map. Novel results using real terrain data and an implementation of a real stereo algorithm provide an important extension to previous results using simulated stereo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProc 3 Int Conf Comput Vision
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0818620579
StatePublished - 1990
EventProceedings 3rd International Conference on Computer Vision - Osaka, Jpn
Duration: Dec 4 1990Dec 7 1990

Publication series

NameProc 3 Int Conf Comput Vision


OtherProceedings 3rd International Conference on Computer Vision
CityOsaka, Jpn

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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