A multi-scale bilateral structure tensor based corner detector

Lin Zhang, Lei Zhang, Dapeng Zhang

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In this paper, a novel multi-scale nonlinear structure tensor based corner detection algorithm is proposed to improve effectively the classical Harris corner detector. By considering both the spatial and gradient distances of neighboring pixels, a nonlinear bilateral structure tensor is constructed to examine the image local pattern. It can be seen that the linear structure tensor used in the original Harris corner detector is a special case of the proposed bilateral one by considering only the spatial distance. Moreover, a multi-scale filtering scheme is developed to tell the trivial structures from true corners based on their different characteristics in multiple scales. The comparison between the proposed approach and four representative and state-of-the-art corner detectors shows that our method has much better performance in terms of both detection rate and localization accuracy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Vision, ACCV 2009 - 9th Asian Conference on Computer Vision, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages10
EditionPART 2
Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2010
Event9th Asian Conference on Computer Vision, ACCV 2009 - Xi'an, China
Duration: 23 Sep 200927 Sep 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 2
Volume5995 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference9th Asian Conference on Computer Vision, ACCV 2009


  • Bilateral structure tensor
  • Corner detector
  • Harris

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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