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    The Potential of Active Contour Models in Extracting Road Edges from Mobile Laser Scanning Data

    Kumar, Pankaj and Lewis, Paul and McCarthy, Tim (2017) The Potential of Active Contour Models in Extracting Road Edges from Mobile Laser Scanning Data. Infrastructures, 2 (9). ISSN 2412-3811

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    Active contour models present a robust segmentation approach, which makes efficient use of specific information about objects in the input data rather than processing all of the data. They have been widely-used in many applications, including image segmentation, object boundary localisation, motion tracking, shape modelling, stereo matching and object reconstruction. In this paper, we investigate the potential of active contour models in extracting road edges from Mobile Laser Scanning (MLS) data. The categorisation of active contours based on their mathematical representation and implementation is discussed in detail. We discuss an integrated version in which active contour models are combined to overcome their limitations. We review various active contour-based methodologies, which have been developed to extract road features from LiDAR and digital imaging datasets. We present a case study in which an integrated version of active contour models is applied to extract road edges from MLS dataset. An accurate extraction of left and right edges from the tested road section validates the use of active contour models. The present study provides valuable insight into the potential of active contours for extracting roads from 3D LiDAR point cloud data.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: © 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license ( The research presented in this paper was initially funded by the Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership scheme and the Strategic Research Cluster Grant 07/SRC/I1168 awarded by the Science Foundation Ireland under the National Development Plan. This research also received support through the Science Foundation Ireland Grant 13/IF/I2782. The research was continued at Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC/CERCA). The authors gratefully acknowledge this support. The authors also acknowledge the 3D Laser Mapping company for providing the StreetMapper MLS data.
    Keywords: active contour models; mobile laser scanning; segmentation; road edges;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > National Centre for Geocomputation, NCG
    Item ID: 9250
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    Depositing User: Tim McCarthy
    Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 17:32
    Journal or Publication Title: Infrastructures
    Publisher: MDPI
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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