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Shape reconstruction from photometric stereo

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2 Author(s)
K. M. Lee ; Dept. of Electr. Eng.-Syst., Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA ; C. -C. J. Kuo

Two iterative algorithms for shape reconstruction based on multiple images taken under different lighting conditions, known as photometric stereo, are proposed. It is shown that single-image shape-from-shading (SFS) algorithms have an inherent problem, i.e., the accuracy of the reconstructed surface height is related to the slope of the reflectance map function defined on the gradient space. This observation motivates the authors to generalize the single-image SFS algorithm to two photometric stereo SFS algorithms aiming at more accurate surface reconstruction. The two algorithms directly determine the surface height by minimizing a quadratic cost functional, which is defined to be the square of the brightness error obtained from each individual image in a parallel or cascade manner. The optimal illumination condition that leads to best shape reconstruction is examined

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Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 1992. Proceedings CVPR '92., 1992 IEEE Computer Society Conference on

Date of Conference:

15-18 Jun 1992