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Missing data are common in range images, due to geometric occlusions, limitations in the sensor field of view, poor reflectivity, depth discontinuities, and cast shadows. Using registration to align these data often fails, because points without valid correspondences can be incorrectly matched. This paper presents a maximum likelihood method for registration of scenes with unmatched or missing data. Using ray casting, correspondences are formed between valid and missing points in each view. These correspondences are used to classify points by their visibility properties, including occlusions, field of view, and shadow regions. The likelihood of each point match is then determined using statistical properties of the sensor, such as noise and outlier distributions. Experiments demonstrate a high rates of convergence on complex scenes with varying degrees of overlap.
Range data, Registration, Maximum Likelihood, Pixel classification

S. W. Lee, G. C. Sharp and D. K. Wehe, "Maximum-Likelihood Registration of Range Images with Missing Data," in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis & Machine Intelligence, vol. 30, no. , pp. 120-130, 2007.
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