Accession Number:

ADA230116

Title:

Shape from Interreflections

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA ROBOTICS INST

Report Date:

1990-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

34.0

Abstract:

All shape-from-intensity methods assume that points in a scene are only illuminated by sources of light. Most scenes consist of concave surfaces andor concavities that result from multiple objects in the scene. In such cases, points in the scene reflect light between themselves. In the presence of these interreflections, shape-from-intensity methods produce erroneous pseudo estimates of shape and reflectance. The pseudo shape and reflectance estimates, however, are shown to carry information about the actual shape and reflectance of the surface. An interative algorithm is presented that simultaneously recovers the actual shape and the actual reflectance from the pseudo estimates. The recovery algorithm works on Lambertian surfaces of arbitrary shape with possibly varying and unknown reflectance. The general behavior of th algorithm and its convergence properties are discussed. Both simulation as well as experimental results are included to demonstrate the accuracy and stability of the algorithm.

Subject Categories:

  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE