<p>Single image depth estimation: An overview<br></p>

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Mertan A., Duff D. J., Unal G.

DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING, vol.123, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 123
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.dsp.2022.103441
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Applied Science & Technology Source, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, Computer & Applied Sciences, INSPEC
  • Keywords: SIDE, Single image depth estimation, Depth from a single image, Review, Survey
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


We review solutions to the problem of depth estimation, arguably the most important subtask in scene understanding. We focus on the single image depth estimation problem. Due to its properties, the single image depth estimation problem is currently best tackled with machine learning methods, most successfully with convolutional neural networks. We provide an overview of the field by examining key works. We examine non-deep learning approaches that mostly predate deep learning and utilize handcrafted features and assumptions, and more recent works that mostly use deep learning techniques. The single image depth estimation problem is tackled in a supervised fashion with absolute or relative depth information acquired from human or sensor-labeled data, or in an unsupervised way using unlabeled stereo images or video datasets. We also study multitask approaches that combine the depth estimation problem with related tasks such as semantic segmentation and surface normal estimation. Finally, we discuss investigations into the mechanisms, principles, and failure cases of contemporary solutions. (C) 2022 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.