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New constraints on data-closeness and needle map consistency for shape-from-shading

Worthington, P L and Hancock, E R (1999) New constraints on data-closeness and needle map consistency for shape-from-shading. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. pp. 1250-1267. ISSN 0162-8828

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Abstract

This paper makes two contributions to the problem of needle-map recovery using shape-from-shading. First, we provide a geometric update procedure which allows the image irradiance equation to be satisfied as a hard constraint. This not only improves the data closeness of the recovered needle-map, but also removes the necessity for extensive parameter tuning. Second, we exploit the improved ease of control of the new shape-from-shading process to investigate various types of needle-map consistency constraint. The first set of constraints are based on needle-map smoothness. The second avenue of investigation is to use curvature information to impose topographic constraints. Third, we explore ways in which the needle-map is recovered so as to be consistent with the image gradient field. In each case we explore a variety of robust error measures and consistency weighting schemes that can be used to impose the desired constraints on the recovered needle-map. We provide an experimental assessment of the new shape-from-shading framework on both real world images and synthetic images with known ground truth surface normals. The main conclusion drawn from our analysis is that the data-closeness constraint improves the efficiency of shape-from-shading and that both the topographic and gradient consistency constraints improve the fidelity of the recovered needle-map.

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Keywords: shape-from-shading, hard constraints, curvature consistency, gradient consistency, robust statistics, SURFACE
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Computer Science (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2014 09:56
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/34.817406
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1987

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