A Survey on Deep Learning Techniques for Stereo-based Depth Estimation

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Estimating depth from RGB images is a long-standing ill-posed problem, which has been explored for decades by the computer vision, graphics, and machine learning communities. Among the existing techniques, stereo matching remains one of the most widely used in the literature due to its strong connection to the human binocular system. Traditionally, stereo-based depth estimation has been addressed through matching hand-crafted features across multiple images. Despite the extensive amount of research, these traditional techniques still suffer in the presence of highly textured areas, large uniform regions, and occlusions. Motivated by their growing success in solving various 2D and 3D vision problems, deep learning for stereo-based depth estimation has attracted growing interest from the community, with more than 150 papers published in this area between 2014 and 2019. This new generation of methods has demonstrated a significant leap in performance, enabling applications such as autonomous driving and augmented reality. In this article, we provide a comprehensive survey of this new and continuously growing field of research, summarize the commonly used pipelines, and discuss their benefits and limitations. In retrospect of what has been achieved so far, we conjecture what the future may hold for deep learning-based stereo for depth estimation research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1738-1764
Number of pages27
JournalIEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022


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