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We discuss a statistical shape-from-shading framework for images of general and unknown illumination. To overcome arbitrary illumination, the framework makes use of the fact that general lighting can be expressed using low-order spherical harmonics for convex Lambertian objects. We cast the classical shape-from-shading equation as a Partial Least Squares (PLS) regression problem, which allows for the rapid computation of the solution. Results show accurate shape recovery with respect to ground truth data.
Date of Conference: 26-29 Sept. 2010