Structured Light Techniques for 3D Surface Reconstruction in Robotic Tasks

  • M. RodriguesEmail author
  • M. Kormann
  • C. Schuhler
  • P. Tomek
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 226)


Robotic tasks such as navigation and path planning can be greatly enhanced by a vision system capable of providing depth perception from fast and accurate 3D surface reconstruction. Focused on robotic welding tasks we present a comparative analysis of a novel mathematical formulation for 3D surface reconstruction and discuss image processing requirements for reliable detection of patterns in the image. Models are presented for a parallel and angled configurations of light source and image sensor. It is shown that the parallel arrangement requires 35% fewer arithmetic operations to compute a point cloud in 3D being thus more appropriate for real-time applications. Experiments show that the technique is appropriate to scan a variety of surfaces and, in particular, the intended metallic parts for robotic welding tasks.


Point Cloud Stripe Pattern Calibration Plane Robotic Task Maximum Span Tree 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Rodrigues
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Kormann
    • 1
  • C. Schuhler
    • 2
  • P. Tomek
    • 3
  1. 1.GMPR – Geometric Modelling and Pattern Recognition GroupSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK
  2. 2.TWI – The Welding InstituteCambridgeUK
  3. 3.MFKK – Invention and Research Center ServicesBudapestHungary

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