16720A Computer Vision: Homework 4 3D Reconstruction solution




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Before implementing our own 3D reconstruction, let’s take a look at some simple theory questions
that may arise. The answers to the below questions should be relatively short, consisting of a few
lines of math and text (maybe a diagram if it helps your understanding).
Q1.1 (5 points) Suppose two cameras fixate on a point P (see Figure 1) in space such that
their principal axes intersect at that point. Show that if the image coordinates are normalized
so that the coordinate origin (0, 0) coincides with the principal point, the F33 element of the
fundamental matrix is zero.
(0, 0)
(0, 0)
C1 C2
Figure 1: Figure for Q1.1. C1 and C2 are the optical centers. The principal axes intersect at point
Q1.2 (5 points) Consider the case of two cameras viewing an object such that the second
camera differs from the first by a pure translation that is parallel to the x-axis. Show that the
epipolar lines in the two cameras are also parallel to the x-axis. Backup your argument with
relevant equations.
Q1.3 (5 points) Suppose we have an inertial sensor which gives us the accurate positions
(Ri and ti
, where R is the rotation matrix and t is corresponding translation vector) of the robot
at time i. What will be the effective rotation (Rrel) and translation (trel) between two frames at
different time stamps? Suppose the camera intrinsics (K) are known, express the essential matrix
(E) and the fundamental matrix (F) in terms of K, Rrel and trel.
Figure 2: Figure for Q1.3. C1 and C2 are the optical centers. The rotation and the translation is
obtained using inertial sensors. Rrel and trel are the relative rotation and translation between two
Q1.4 (10 points) Suppose that a camera views an object and its reflection in a plane mirror.
Show that this situation is equivalent to having two images of the object which are related by
a skew-symmetric fundamental matrix. You may assume that the object is flat, meaning that
all points on the object are of equal distance to the mirror (Hint: draw the relevant vectors to
understand the relationships between the camera, the object and its reflected image.)
Part II
1 Overview
In this part you will begin by implementing the two different methods seen in class to estimate
the fundamental matrix from corresponding points in two images (Section 2). Then, given the
fundamental matrix and calibrated intrinsics (which will be provided) you will compute the essential matrix and use this to compute a 3D metric reconstruction from 2D correspondences using
triangulation (Section 3). Finally, you will implement a method to automatically match points
taking advantage of epipolar constraints and make a 3D visualization of the results (Section 4).
2 Fundamental matrix estimation
In this section you will explore different methods of estimating the fundamental matrix given a pair
of images. In the data/ directory, you will find two images (see Figure 3) from the Middlebury multi2
Figure 3: Temple images for this assignment
Figure 4: displayEpipolarF.m creates a GUI for visualizing epipolar lines
view dataset1
, which is used to evaluate the performance of modern 3D reconstruction algorithms.
The Eight Point Algorithm
The 8-point algorithm (discussed in class, and outlined in Section 10.1 of Forsyth & Ponce) is
arguably the simplest method for estimating the fundamental matrix. For this section, you may
manually select point correspondences in an image pair using cpselect, or use provided correspondences you can find in data/some corresp.mat.
Q2.1 (10 points) Submit a function with the following signature for this portion of the
function F = eightpoint(pts1, pts2, M);
where pts1 and pts2 are N ×2 matrices corresponding to the (x, y) coordinates of the N points in
the first and second image repectively (the format returned by cpselect). M is a scale parameter.
• You should scale the data as was discussed in class, by dividing each coordinate by M (the
maximum of the image’s width and height). After computing F, you will have to “unscale”
the fundamental matrix.
Hint: If xnormalized = T x, then Funnormalized = T
You must enforce the singularity condition of the F before unscaling.
• You may find it helpful to refine the solution by using local minimization. This probably won’t
fix a completely broken solution, but may make a good solution better by locally minimizing
a geometric cost function.
For this we have provided refineF (takes in F and the two sets of points), which you can
call from eightpoint before unscaling F.
• Remember that the x-coordinate of a point in the image is its column entry, and y-coordinate
is the row entry. Also note that eight-point is just a figurative name, it just means that you
need at least 8 points; your algorithm should use an over-determined system (N > 8 points).
• To visualize the correctness of your estimated F, use the supplied function in displayEpipolarF.m
(takes in F, and the two images). This GUI lets you select a point in one of the images and
visualize the corresponding epipolar line in the other image (Figure 4).
• Output: Save your matrix F, scale M, 2D points pts1 and pts2 to the file q2 1.mat.
In your write up: Write your recovered F and include an image of some example output
of displayEpipolarF.
Hint: In LATEX, the verbatim environment may be useful for copy-pasting the matrix displayed in Matlab
The Seven Point Algorithm
Q2.2 (15 points) Since the fundamental matrix only has seven degrees of freedom, it is
possible to calculate F using only seven point correspondences. This requires solving a polynomial
equation. In the section, you will implement the seven-point algorithm (described in class, and
outlined in Section 15.6 of Forsyth and Ponce). Use cpselect to manually select 7 points, and use
these points recover a fundamental matrix F. The function should have the signature:
function F = sevenpoint(pts1, pts2, M)
where pts1 and pts2 are 7 × 2 matrices containing the correspondences and M is the normalizer
(use the maximum of the images’ height and width), and F is a cell array of length either 1 or 3
containing Fundamental matrix/matrices. Use M to normalize the point values between [0, 1] and
remember to “unnormalize” your computed F afterwards.
• Use displayEpipolarF to visualize F and pick the correct one.
• Output: Save your matrix F, scale M, 2D points pts1 and pts2 to the file q2 2.mat.
In your write up: Write your recovered F and print an output of displayEpipolarF.
Also, include an image of some example output of displayEpipolarF using the seven point
• Hints: You can use Matlab’s roots() and conv() The epipolar lines may not match exactly
due to imperfectly selected correspondences, and the algorithm is sensitive to small changes
in the point correspondences. You may want to try with different sets of matches.
3 Metric Reconstruction
You will compute the camera matrices and triangulate the 2D points to obtain the 3D scene structure. To obtain the Euclidean scene structure, first convert the fundamental matrix F to an essential
matrix E. Examine the lecture notes and the textbook to find out how to do this when the internal
camera calibration matrices K1 and K2 are known; these are provided in data/intrinsics.mat.
Q3.1 (5 points) Write a function to compute the essential matrix E given F and K1 and K2
with the signature:
function E = essentialMatrix(F, K1, K2)
In your write up: Write your estimated E using F from the eight-point algorithm.
Given an essential matrix, it is possible to retrieve the projective camera matrices M1 and M2
from it. Assuming M1 is fixed at [I, 0], M2 can be retrieved up to a scale and four-fold rotation
ambiguity. For details on recovering M2, see section 7.2 in Szeliski. We have provided you with
the function in matlab/camera2.m to recover the four possible M2 matrices given E and K2.
Note: The M1 and M2 here are projection matrix of the form: M1 =


and M2 =


Q3.2 (10 points) Using the above, write a function to triangulate a set of 2D coordinates in
the image to a set of 3D points with the signature:
function [P, err] = triangulate(C1, p1, C2, p2)
where p1 and p2 are the N × 2 matrices with the 2D image coordinates and P is an N × 3 matrix
with the corresponding 3D points per row. C1 and C2 are the 3 × 4 camera matrices. Remember
that you will need to multiply the given intrinsics matrices with your solution for the canonical
camera matrices to obtain the final camera matrices. Various methods exist for triangulation –
probably the most familiar for you is based on least squares (see Szeliski Chapter 7 if you want to
learn about other methods):
For each point i, we want to solve for 3D coordinates Pi =

, yi
, zi
, such that when they
are projected back to the two images, they are close to the original 2D points. To project the
3D coordinates back to 2D images, we first write Pi
in homogeneous coordinates, and compute
C1Pi and C2Pi to obtain the 2D homogeneous coordinates projected to camera 1 and camera 2,
For each point i, we can write this problem in the following form:
AiPi = 0,
where Ai
is a 4×4 matrix, and Pi
is a 4×1 vector of the 3D coordinates in the homogeneous form.
Then, you can obtain the homogeneous least-squares solution (discussed in class) to solve for each
In your write up: Write down the expression for the matrix Ai
Once you have implemented triangulation, check the performance by looking at the reprojection
err =
, pc1ik
2 + kp2i
, pc2ik
where pc1i = P roj(C1, Pi) and pc2i = P roj(C2, Pi).
Note: The C1 and C2 here are projection matrix of the form: C1 = K1M1 = K1


C2 = K2M2 = K2


Q3.3 (10 points) Write a script findM2.m to obtain the correct M2 from M2s by testing the
four solutions through triangulations. Use the correspondences from data/some corresp.mat.
Save the correct M2, the corresponding C2, 2D points p1, p2, and 3D points P to q3 3.mat.
4 3D Visualization
You will now create a 3D visualization of the temple images. By treating our two images as a
stereo-pair, we can triangulate corresponding points in each image, and render their 3D locations.
Q4.1 (15 points) Implement a function with the signature:
function [x2, y2] = epipolarCorrespondence(im1, im2, F, x1, y1)
This function takes in the x and y coordinates of a pixel on im1 and your fundamental matrix
F, and returns the coordinates of the pixel on im2 which correspond to the input point. The match
is obtained by computing the similarity of a small window around the (x1, y1) coordinates in im1
to various windows around possible matches in the im2 and returning the closest.
Instead of searching for the matching point at every possible location in im2, we can use F and
simply search over the set of pixels that lie along the epipolar line (recall that the epipolar line
passes through a single point in im2 which corresponds to the point (x1, y1) in im1).
There are various possible ways to compute the window similarity. For this assignment, simple
methods such as the Euclidean or Manhattan distances between the intensity of the pixels should
suffice. See Szeliski Chapter 11, on stereo matching, for a brief overview of these and other methods.
Implementation hints:
• Experiment with various window sizes.
• It may help to use a Gaussian weighting of the window, so that the center has greater influence
than the periphery.
• Since the two images only differ by a small amount, it might be beneficial to consider matches
for which the distance from (x1, y1) to (x2, y2) is small.
To help you test your epipolarCorrespondence, we have included a GUI:
function [coordsIM1, coordsIM2] = epipolarMatchGUI(im1, im2, F)
that can be found in matlab/epipolarMatchGUI.m.
This script allows you to click on a point in im1, and will use your function to display the
corresponding point in im2. The process repeats until you right-click in the figure, and the sets of
matches will be returned. See Figure 5.
It’s not necessary for your matcher to get every possible point right, but it should get easy
points (such as those with distinctive, corner-like windows). It should also be good enough to
render an intelligible representation in the next question.
In you write up: Include a screenshot of epipolarMatchGUI with some detected correspondences.
Output: Save the matrix F, points pts1 and pts2 which you used to generate the screenshot to
the file q2 6.mat.
Select a point in this image
(Right−click when finished)
Verify that the corresponding point
is on the epipolar line in this image
Figure 5: epipolarMatchGUI shows the corresponding point found by calling
Figure 6: An example point cloud
Q4.2 (10 points) Included in this homework is a file data/templeCoords.mat which contains
288 hand-selected points from im1 saved in the variables x1 and y1.
Now, we can determine the 3D location of these point correspondences using the triangulate
function. These 3D point locations can then plotted using the MATLAB function scatter3.
Write a script visualize.m, which loads the necessary files from ../data/ to generate the 3D
reconstruction using scatter3. The resulting figure can be rotated using the Rotate 3D tool,
which can be accessed through the figure menubar.
In your submission/writeup: Take a few screenshots of the 3D visualization so that the
outline of the temple is clearly visible, and include them with your homework submission.
Output: Again, save the matrix F, matrices M1, M2, C1, C2 which you used to generate the
screenshots to the file q4 2.mat.
5 Deliverables
If your andrew id is bovik, your submission should be the writeup bovik.pdf and a zip file
bovik.zip. Please submit both the pdf and the zip files directly to Canvas.
We have provided checkA4Format.m, which ensures that your functions return the expected
output dimensions. This is not a correctness test.
The zip file should include the following directory structure:
• matlab/eightpoint.m: implementation of the eight-point algorithm.
• matlab/q2 1.mat: file with output of Q2.1.
• matlab/sevenpoint.m: implementation of the seven-point algorithm.
• matlab/q2 2.mat: file with output of Q2.2.
• matlab/essentialMatrix.m: function to compute the essential matrix.
• matlab/triangulate.m: function to triangulate correspondences.
• matlab/findM2.m: script to compute the correct camera matrix.
• matlab/q3 3.mat: file with output of Q3.3.
• matlab/epipolarCorrespondence.m: function to compute correspondences with epipolar
• matlab/q4 1.mat: file with output of Q4.1.
• matlab/q4 2.mat: file with output of Q4.2.
• matlab/camera2.m: provided function. Do not change the function implementation.
• matlab/epipolarMatchGUI.m: provided function.
• matlab/displayEpipolarF.m: provided function.
• matlab/refineF.m: provided function. Do not change the function implementation.
We have also provided checkA4Submission.m, which verifies your directory structure. Please
run this script before your final submission.