A High-Speed Low-Cost Hardware Implementation for Depth Estimation Using Disparity Fusion Method

You Rong Chen, Wei Ting Chen, Shao Chieh Liao, Pei Yin Chen, Hong Yu Fang, Tzu You Tai

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Depth estimation using stereo images can be achieved by calculating the disparity values between the left and the right images captured by two parallel cameras. Reconstructing depth information from 2D images is crucial in many applications, such as self-driving vehicles and robot navigation. Furthermore, most of these applications are employed with resource-constrained devices and have real-time requirements. In this paper, a high-speed, low-cost hardware implementation for disparity estimation is proposed. We adopted the novel disparity fusion method in our architecture, which can significantly reduce the number of calculations in the overall process. A refinement method is also designed to reduce the error rate of the resulting depth map and improve the tolerance to light noise. The proposed algorithm was implemented with the Kintex-7 field-programmable gate array. Its performance was tested by using the Middlebury-Version 2 and -Version 3 datasets. The proposed algorithm provides an operating speed of 118 fps with an error rate of only 6.36%. Compared with other state-of-the-art designs used for similar applications, the proposed method can achieve a 34.6% reduction in the error rate while providing the highest speed with competitive hardware cost.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72850-72865
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Computer Science(all)


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