A Hough Voting Strategy for Registering Historical Aerial Images to Present-Day Satellite Imagery

  • Sebastian ZambaniniEmail author
  • Robert Sablatnig
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10484)


In this paper we present an approach for the georeferencing of historical World War II images by registering the images to present-day satellite imagery, with the aim of supporting the risk assessment of unexploded ordnances. We propose to exploit the local geometry of corresponding interest points in a Hough voting scheme to identify the most likely transformation parameters between the images. Our method combines the evidences from local as well as global correspondences and uses a spatial zoning rule to establish solutions with preferably uniformly distributed correspondences. An experimental evaluation is conducted on a set of 42 pairs of historical and present-day images and reveals the outstanding performance of our method compared to state-of-the-art image matching and registration algorithms, including commonly used hypothesize-and-verify and graph matching methods.


Historical image registration Georeferencing Hough voting 



This work is supported by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) under project grant 850695. The authors wish to thank Luftbilddatenbank Dr. Carls GmbH.

Acquisition of historical aerial imagery: Luftbilddatenbank Dr. Carls GmbH; Sources of historical aerial imagery: National Archives and Records Administration (Washington, D.C.) and Historic Environment Scotland (Edinburgh).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer Vision LabTU WienViennaAustria

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