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.


Three-Dimensional Kaleidoscopic Imaging

Ilya Reshetouski, Alkhazur Manakov, Hans-Peter Seidel, Ivo Ihrke
In: Proceedings of CVPR 2011 (oral).


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.
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author = {Ilya Reshetouski and Alkhazur Manakov and Hans-Peter Seidel and Ivo Ihrke},
title = {Three-Dimensional Kaleidoscopic Imaging},
booktitle = {IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
year = 2011,
pages = {353--360},
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