Generalized Image Acquisition and Analysis

State of the Art in Computational Plenoptic Imaging

The plenoptic function is a ray-based model for light that includes the color spectrum as well as spatial, temporal, and directional variation. Although digital light sensors have greatly evolved in the last years, one fundamental limitation remains: all standard CCD and CMOS sensors integrate over the dimensions of the plenoptic function as they convert photons into electrons; in the process, all visual information is irreversibly lost, except for a two-dimensional, spatially-varying subset - the common photograph. In this state of the art report, we review approaches that optically encode the dimensions of the plenpotic function transcending those captured by traditional photography and reconstruct the recorded information computationally.


A Kaleidoscopic Approach to Surround Geometry and Reflectance Acquisition

Ivo Ihrke, Ilya Reshetouski, Alkhazur Manakov, Art Tevs, Michael Wand, Hans-Peter Seidel
In: CVPR Workshop on Computational Cameras and Displays (CCD), 2012


We describe a system for acquiring reflectance fields of objects without moving parts and without a massively parallel hardware setup. Our system consists of a set of planar mirrors which serve to multiply a single camera and a single projector into a multitude of virtual counterparts. Using this arrangement, we can acquire reflectance fields with an average angular sampling rate of about 120+ view/light pairs per surface point. The mirror system allows for freely programmable illumination with full directional coverage. We employ this setup to realize a 3D acquisition system that employs structured illumination to capture the unknown object geometry, in addition to dense reflectance sampling. On the software side, we combine state-of-the-art 3D reconstruction algorithms with a reflectance sharing technique based on non-negative matrix factorization in order to reconstruct a joint model of geometry and reflectance. We demonstrate for a number of test scenes that the kaleidoscopic approach can acquire complex reflectance properties faithfully. The main limitation is that the multiplexing approach limits the attainable spatial resolution, trading it off for improved directional coverage.


author = {Ivo Ihrke and Ilya Reshetouski and Alkhazur Manakov and Art Tevs and Michael Wand and Hans-Peter Seidel},
title = "{A Kaleidoscopic Approach to Surround Geometry and Reflectance Acquisition}",
booktitle = {Proceedings of IEEE International Workshop on Computational Cameras and Displays },
pages = "1--8",
year = {2012},
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