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Methods for Volumetric Reconstruction of Visual Scenes

Slabaugh, G. G., Culbertson, W. B., Malzbender, T., Stevens, M. R. and Schafer, R. W. (2004). Methods for Volumetric Reconstruction of Visual Scenes. International Journal of Computer Vision, 57, pp. 179-199. doi: 10.1023/B:VISI.0000013093.45070.3b


In this paper, we present methods for 3D volumetric reconstruction of visual scenes photographed by multiple calibrated cameras placed at arbitrary viewpoints. Our goal is to generate a 3D model that can be rendered to synthesize new photo-realistic views of the scene. We improve upon existing voxel coloring/space carving approaches by introducing new ways to compute visibility and photo-consistency, as well as model infinitely large scenes. In particular, we describe a visibility approach that uses all possible color information from the photographs during reconstruction, photo-consistency measures that are more robust and/or require less manual intervention, and a volumetric warping method for application of these reconstruction methods to large-scale scenes.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via
Publisher Keywords: scene reconstruction; voxel coloring; space carving; photo-consistency; histogram intersection; volumetric; warping
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science
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