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Shading constraint improves accuracy of time-of-flight measurements

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4 Author(s)
Martin Bohme ; Institute for Neuro- and Bioinformatics, University of Lübeck, Ratzeburger Allee 160, 23538, Germany ; Martin Haker ; Thomas Martinetz ; Erhardt Barth

We describe a technique for improving the accuracy of range maps measured by time-of-flight (TOF) cameras. The technique is based on the observation that the range map and intensity image measured by a TOF camera are not independent but are linked by the shading constraint: If the reflectance properties of the surface are known, a certain range map implies a corresponding intensity image. We impose the shading constraint using a probabilistic model of image formation and find a maximum a posteriori estimate for the true range map. We present results on both synthetic and real TOF camera images that demonstrate the robust shape estimates achieved by the algorithm.

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Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops, 2008. CVPRW '08. IEEE Computer Society Conference on

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23-28 June 2008