Generalized Image Acquisition and Analysis

Interactive Geometry-Aware Segmentation for the Decomposition of Kaleidoscopic Images

Mirror systems have recently emerged as an alternative low-cost multi-view imaging solution. The use of these systems critically depends on the ability to compute the background of a multiply mirrored object. The images taken in such systems show a fractured, patterned view, making edge-guided segmentation difficult. Further, global illumination and light attenuation due to the mirrors make standard segmentation techniques fail. We therefore propose a system that allows a user to do the segmentation manually. We provide convenient tools that enable an interactive segmentation of kaleidoscopic images containing three-dimensional objects. Hereby, we explore suitable interaction and visualization schemes to guide the user. To achieve interactivity, we employ the GPU in all stages of the application, such as 2D/3D rendering as well as segmentation.


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

Art Tevs, Ivo Ihrke, Hans-Peter Seidel
In: Proceedings of I3D 2008.


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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author = {Art Tevs and Ivo Ihrke and Hans-Peter Seidel},
title = {Maximum Mipmaps for Fast, Accurate, and Scalable Dynamic Height Field Rendering},
booktitle = {Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games (i3D'08)},
year = 2008,
pages = {183--190},
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