Generalized Image Acquisition and Analysis

Intrinsic Shape Matching by Planned Landmark Sampling

Recently, the problem of intrinsic shape matching has received a lot of attention. A number of algorithms have been proposed, among which random-sampling-based techniques have been particularly successful due to their generality and efficiency. We introduce a new sampling-based shape matching algorithm that uses a planning step to find optimized "landmark" points. These points are matched first in order to maximize the information gained and thus minimize the sampling costs. Our approach makes three main contributions: First, the new technique leads to a significant improvement in performance, which we demonstrate on a number of benchmark scenarios. Second, our technique does not require any keypoint detection. This is often a significant limitation for models that do not show sufficient surface features. Third, we examine the actual numerical degrees of freedom of the matching problem for a given piece of geometry. In contrast to previous results, our estimates take into account unprecise geodesics and potentially numerically unfavorable geometry of general topology, giving a more realistic complexity estimate.


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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