Generalized Image Acquisition and Analysis

An evaluation of optical flow algorithms for background oriented schlieren imaging

The background oriented schlieren method (BOS) allows for accurate flow measurements with a simple experimental configuration. To estimate per-pixel displacement vectors between two images, BOS systems traditionally borrow window-based algorithms from particle image velocimetry. In this paper, we evaluate the performance of more recent optical flow methods in BOS settings. We also analyze the impact of different background patterns, suggesting the use of a pattern with detail at many scales. Experiments with both synthetic and real datasets show that the performance of BOS systems can be significantly improved through a combination of optical flow algorithms and multiscale background.

Three-Dimensional Kaleidoscopic Imaging

Ilya Reshetouski, Alkhazur Manakov, Hans-Peter Seidel, and Ivo Ihrke
CVPR 2011 (oral)

  We introduce three-dimensional kaleidoscopic imaging, a promising alternative for recording multi-view imagery.
  The main limitation of multi-view reconstruction techniques is the limited number of views that are available from multi-camera systems, especially for dynamic scenes.
  Our new system is based on imaging an object inside a kaleidoscopic mirror system. We show that this approach can generate a large number of high-quality views well distributed over the hemisphere surrounding the object in a single shot. In comparison to existing multi-view systems, our method offers a number of advantages: it is possible to operate with a single camera, the individual views are perfectly synchronized, and they have the same radiometric and colorimetric properties.
  We describe the setup both theoretically, and provide methods for a practical implementation. Enabling interfacing to standard multi-view algorithms for further processing is an important goal of our techniques.

  Example of labeling process:

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Source image Silhouette image Chambers extraction Visual hull
Labeling of views


Paper [pdf]
Supplemental materials [pdf]
Presentation [ppt]
Labeling data example (with MatLab loader) [zip]
Labeling of the dynamic scene example: Input movie [mpg], Segmentation movie [mpg], Labeling movie [mpg]