What is ICP Algorithm?

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Full form of ICP Algorithm

Iterative Closest Point

What is ICP Algorithm?

The Iterative Closest Point (ICP) algorithm is a method for aligning two sets of points in a way that minimizes the distance between them. It is commonly used in computer vision and robotics applications to align 3D point clouds (sets of points in 3D space), but it can also be used to align 2D point sets.

Here is a high-level overview of how the ICP algorithm works:

Initialize the alignment by choosing an initial guess for the transformation (rotation and translation) between the two point sets.

For each point in the first point set, find the closest point in the second point set.

Use the set of closest point pairs to compute an updated transformation that aligns the points as well as possible.

Apply the updated transformation to the first point set.

Repeat steps 2-4 until the transformation no longer changes significantly or a maximum number of iterations has been reached.

The ICP algorithm is an iterative process that starts with an initial guess for the transformation and then refines the alignment through a series of steps. It can be sensitive to the quality of the initial guess, so it is important to choose a good starting point if possible.