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Matching Features without Descriptors: Implicitly Matched Interest Points

render_kitti render_euroc

This is the code for the 2019 BMVC paper Matching Features without Descriptors: Implicitly Matched Interest Points (PDF) by Titus Cieslewski, Michael Bloesch and Davide Scaramuzza. When using this, please cite:

  author        = {Titus Cieslewski and Michael Bloesch and Davide Scaramuzza},
  title         = {Matching Features without Descriptors:
                  Implicitly Matched Interest Points},
  booktitle     = {British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC)},
  year          = 2019

If you are looking to minimize the amount of data necessary for feature matching, but still want to use descriptors, you might also be interested in our related work SIPs: Succinct Interest Points from Unsupervised Inlierness Probability Learning.

Supplementary Material

The supplementary material mentioned in the paper can be found at .


We recommend working in a virtual environment (also when using ROS/catkin)

pip install --upgrade opencv-contrib-python== opencv-python== ipython \
    pyquaternion scipy absl-py hickle matplotlib sklearn tensorflow-gpu cachetools

With ROS/catkin

sudo apt install python-catkin-tools
mkdir -p imips_ws/src
cd imips_ws
catkin config --init --mkdirs --extend /opt/ros/<YOUR VERSION> --merge-devel
cd src
git clone
git clone
git clone
catkin build
. ../devel/setup.bash

Without ROS/catkin

mkdir imips_ws
cd imips_ws
git clone
git clone

Make sure imips_open_deps/rpg_common_py/python, imips_open_deps/rpg_datasets_py/python and imips_open/python are in your PYTHONPATH.

Get pre-trained weights

Download the weights from and extract them into python/imips/checkpoints.


Infer any image folder

python --in_dir=INPUT_DIR [--out_dir=OUTPUT_DIR] [--ext=.EXTENSION]

If no output directory is provided, it will be $HOME/imips_out/INPUT_DIR. ext can be used to specify image extensions other than .jpg or .png (add the dot).

Test using our data

Follow these instructions to link up KITTI. To speed things up, you can download and extract the contained files to python/imips/tracked indices (visual overlap precalculation). Then, run:

python --val_best --testing

This will populate results/match_render/tds=tm_ds=kt_d=14_ol=0.30_kt_testing with images like the following:

kt00 275 286


(Re)move the previously downloaded checkpoints. Follow these instructions to link up TUM mono. Then, run:


To visualize training progress, you can run:


in parallel. Here is what it should look like after around 60k iterations:


Note that inlier counts drop initially. This is normal. With some initializations, the training seems to fail, you might need to give it some attempts. You can use the rr flag to change the seed.


This work was supported by the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics through the Swiss National Science Foundation and the SNSF-ERC Starting Grant. The Titan Xp used for this research was donated by the NVIDIA Corporation.


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