Recovering Surface Details under General Unknown Illumination Using Shading and Coarse Multi-view Stereo

Di Xu, Qi Duan, Jianming Zheng, Juyong Zhang, Jianfei Cai, Tat-Jen Cham; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2014, pp. 1526-1533

Abstract


Reconstructing the shape of a 3D object from multi-view images under unknown, general illumination is a fundamental problem in computer vision and high quality reconstruction is usually challenging especially when high detail is needed. This paper presents a total variation (TV) based approach for recovering surface details using shading and multi-view stereo (MVS). Behind the approach are our two important observations: (1) the illumination over the surface of an object tends to be piecewise smooth and (2) the recovery of surface orientation is not sufficient for reconstructing geometry, which were previously overlooked. Thus we introduce TV to regularize the lighting and use visual hull to constrain partial vertices. The reconstruction is formulated as a constrained TVminimization problem that treats the shape and lighting as unknowns simultaneously. An augmented Lagrangian method is proposed to quickly solve the TV-minimization problem. As a result, our approach is robust, stable and is able to efficiently recover high quality of surface details even starting with a coarse MVS. These advantages are demonstrated by the experiments with synthetic and real world examples.

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@InProceedings{Xu_2014_CVPR,
author = {Xu, Di and Duan, Qi and Zheng, Jianming and Zhang, Juyong and Cai, Jianfei and Cham, Tat-Jen},
title = {Recovering Surface Details under General Unknown Illumination Using Shading and Coarse Multi-view Stereo},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2014}
}