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Estimating surface normals in noisy point cloud data

Mitra, NJ; Nguyen, A; Guibas, L; (2004) Estimating surface normals in noisy point cloud data. In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL GEOMETRY & APPLICATIONS. (pp. 261 - 276). WORLD SCIENTIFIC PUBL CO PTE LTD

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In this paper we describe and analyze a method based on local least square fitting for estimating the normals at all sample points of a point cloud data (PCD) set, in the presence of noise. We study the effects of neighborhood size, curvature, sampling density, and noise on the normal estimation when the PCD is sampled from a smooth curve in R-2 or a smooth surface in R-3, and noise is added. The analysis allows us to find the optimal neighborhood size using other local information from the PCD. Experimental results are also provided.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Estimating surface normals in noisy point cloud data
Event: 19th ACM Symposium on Computational Geometry
Location: San Diego, CA
Dates: 2003-06-08 - 2003-06-10
Keywords: normal estimation, noisy point cloud data, Eigen analysis, neighborhood size estimation
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1328000
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