360MonoDepth: High-Resolution 360deg Monocular Depth Estimation

Manuel Rey-Area, Mingze Yuan, Christian Richardt; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2022, pp. 3762-3772


360deg cameras can capture complete environments in a single shot, which makes 360deg imagery alluring in many computer vision tasks. However, monocular depth estimation remains a challenge for 360deg data, particularly for high resolutions like 2K (2048x1024) and beyond that are important for novel-view synthesis and virtual reality applications. Current CNN-based methods do not support such high resolutions due to limited GPU memory. In this work, we propose a flexible framework for monocular depth estimation from high-resolution 360deg images using tangent images. We project the 360deg input image onto a set of tangent planes that produce perspective views, which are suitable for the latest, most accurate state-of-the-art perspective monocular depth estimators. To achieve globally consistent disparity estimates, we recombine the individual depth estimates using deformable multi-scale alignment followed by gradient-domain blending. The result is a dense, high-resolution 360deg depth map with a high level of detail, also for outdoor scenes which are not supported by existing methods. Our source code and data are available at https://manurare.github.io/360monodepth/.

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@InProceedings{Rey-Area_2022_CVPR, author = {Rey-Area, Manuel and Yuan, Mingze and Richardt, Christian}, title = {360MonoDepth: High-Resolution 360deg Monocular Depth Estimation}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)}, month = {June}, year = {2022}, pages = {3762-3772} }