Generalized Image Acquisition and Analysis

Maximum Mipmaps for Fast, Accurate, and Scalable Dynamic Height Field Rendering

This paper presents a GPU-based, fast, and accurate dynamic height field rendering technique that scales well to large scale height fields. Current real-time rendering algorithms for dynamic height fields employ approximate ray-height field intersection methods, whereas accurate algorithms require pre-computation in the order of seconds to minutes and are thus not suitable for dynamic height field rendering. We alleviate this problem by using maximum mipmaps, a hierarchical data structure supporting accurate and efficient rendering while simultaneously lowering the pre-computation costs to negligible levels. Furthermore, maximum mipmaps allow for view-dependent level-of-detail rendering. In combination with hierarchical ray-stepping this results in an efficient intersection algorithm for large scale height fields.

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Discovering the Structure of a Planar Mirror System from Multiple Observations of a Single Point

Ilya Reshetouski, Alkhazur Manakov, Ayush Bhandari, Ramesh Raskar, Hans-Peter Seidel, Ivo Ihrke
CVPR 2013



Abstract

We investigate the problem of identifying the position of a viewer inside a room of planar mirrors with unknown geometry in conjunction with the room’s shape parameters. We consider the observations to consist of angularly resolved depth measurements of a single scene point that is being observed via many multi-bounce interactions with the specular room geometry. Applications of this problem statement include areas such as calibration, acoustic echo cancelation and time-of-flight imaging. We theoretically analyze the problem and derive sufficient conditions for a combination of convex room geometry, observer, and scene point to be reconstructable. The resulting constructive algorithm is exponential in nature and, therefore, not directly applicable to practical scenarios. To counter the situation, we propose theoretically devised geo- metric constraints that enable an efficient pruning of the solution space and develop a heuristic randomized search algorithm that uses these constraints to obtain an effective solution. We demon- strate the effectiveness of our algorithm on extensive simulations as well as in a challenging real-world calibration scenario.

Bibtex

@inproceedings{Reshetouski:13,
author = {Ilya Rehsetouski and Alkhazur Manakov and Ayush Bhandari and Ramesh Raskar and Hans-Peter Seidel and Ivo Ihrke},
title = {Discovering the Structure of a Planar Mirror System from Multiple Observations of a Single Point},
booktitle = {Proceedings of CVPR},
year = 2013,
pages = {xx--yy},
}
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