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Methods for Volumetric Reconstruction of Visual Scenes

Slabaugh, G. G., Culbertson, W. B., Malzbender, T. , Stevens, M. R. & 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 Science & Technology > Computer Science
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