What Is Around the Camera?

Stamatios Georgoulis, Konstantinos Rematas, Tobias Ritschel, Mario Fritz, Tinne Tuytelaars, Luc Van Gool; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017, pp. 5170-5178


How much does a single image reveal about the environment it was taken in? In this paper, we investigate how much of that information can be retrieved from a foreground object, combined with the background (i.e. the visible part of the environment). Assuming it is not perfectly diffuse, the foreground object acts as a complexly shaped and far-from-perfect mirror. An additional challenge is that its appearance confounds the light coming from the environment with the unknown materials it is made of. We propose a learning-based approach to predict the environment from multiple reflectance maps that are computed from approximate surface normals. The proposed method allows us to jointly model the statistics of environments and material properties. We train our system from synthesized training data, but demonstrate its applicability to real-world data. Interestingly, our analysis shows that the information obtained from objects made out of multiple materials often is complementary and leads to better performance.

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author = {Georgoulis, Stamatios and Rematas, Konstantinos and Ritschel, Tobias and Fritz, Mario and Tuytelaars, Tinne and Van Gool, Luc},
title = {What Is Around the Camera?},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {Oct},
year = {2017}