Intensity and edge-based symmetry detection applied to car-following

  • Thomas Zielke
  • Michael Brauckmann
  • Werner von Seelen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 588)


We present two methods for detecting symmetry in images, one based directly on the intensity values and another one based on a discrete representation of local orientation. A symmetry finder has been developed which uses the intensity-based method to search an image for compact regions which display some degree of mirror symmetry due to intensity similarities across a straight axis. In a different approach, we look at symmetry as a bilateral relationship between local orientations. A symmetryenhancing edge detector is presented which indicates edges dependent on the orientations at two different image positions. SEED, as we call it, is a detector element implemented by a feedforward network that holds the symmetry conditions. We use SEED to find the contours of symmetric objects of which we know the axis of symmetry from the intensity-based symmetry finder. The methods presented have been applied to the problem of visually guided car-following. Real-time experiments with a system for automatic headway control on motorways have been successful.


Local Orientation Visual Tracking Detector Element Directional Filter Symmetric Object 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Zielke
    • 1
  • Michael Brauckmann
    • 1
  • Werner von Seelen
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für NeuroinformatikRuhr-UniversitätBochumGermany

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