A novel approach to segmentation of laser radar range images is presented. The approach is based on modeling horizontal and vertical scans of the terrain as piecewise-constant or piecewise-linear functions. The approach uses adaptive estimation based on Kalman filtering techniques. The performance of the segmentation algorithm is evaluated by application to laser range measurements. We also discuss how the output from the segmentation algorithm can be used for, e.g., object detection.
© 1992 Optical Society of America
Dietmar Letalick, Mille Millnert, and Ingmar Renhorn, "Terrain segmentation using laser radar range data," Appl. Opt. 31, 2883-2890 (1992)