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.


Time-resolved 3D Capture of Non-stationary Gas Flows

Bradley Atcheson, Ivo Ihrke, Wolfgang Heidrich, Art Tevs, Derek Bradley, Marcus Magnor, Hans-Peter Seidel
In: Proceedings of SIGGRAPH Asia 2008.


Fluid simulation is one of the most active research areas in computer graphics. However, it remains difficult to obtain measurements of real fluid flows for validation of the simulated data. In this paper, we take a step in the direction of capturing flow data for such purposes. Specifically, we present the first time-resolved Schlieren tomography system for capturing full 3D, non-stationary gas flows on a dense volumetric grid. Schlieren tomography uses 2D ray deflection measurements to reconstruct a time-varying grid of 3D refractive index values, which directly correspond to physical properties of the flow. We derive a new solution for this reconstruction problem that lends itself to efficient algorithms to robustly work with relatively small numbers of cameras. Our physical system is easy to set up, and consists of an array of relatively low cost rolling-shutter camcorders that are synchronized with a new approach. We demonstrate our method with real measurements, and analyze precision with synthetic data for which ground truth information is available.
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author = {Bradley Atcheson and Ivo Ihrke and Wolfgang Heidrich and Art Tevs and Derek Bradley and Marcus Magnor and Hans-Peter Seidel},
title = {Time-resolved 3D Capture of Non-stationary Gas Flows},
journal = {ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH Asia)},
year = {2008},
volume = {27},
number = {5},
pages = {132},
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