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3D reconstruction of concave surfaces using polarisation imaging

Sohaib, A.; Farooq, A. R.; Ahmed, J.; Smith, L. N.; Smith, M. N.


A. Sohaib

Abdul Farooq
Associate Director (Human-Centric Robotics)

J. Ahmed

Lyndon Smith
Professor in Computer Simulation and Machine

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Melvyn Smith
Research Centre Director Vision Lab/Prof


© 2015 Taylor & Francis. This paper presents a novel algorithm for improved shape recovery using polarisation-based photometric stereo. The majority of previous research using photometric stereo involves 3D reconstruction using both the diffuse and specular components of light; however, this paper suggests the use of the specular component only as it is the only form of light that comes directly off the surface without subsurface scattering or interreflections. Experiments were carried out on both real and synthetic surfaces. Real images were obtained using a polarisation-based photometric stereo device while synthetic images were generated using PovRay® software. The results clearly demonstrate that the proposed method can extract three-dimensional (3D) surface information effectively even for concave surfaces with complex texture and surface reflectance.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 28, 2015
Online Publication Date Mar 16, 2015
Publication Date Mar 16, 2015
Journal Journal of Modern Optics
Print ISSN 0950-0340
Electronic ISSN 1362-3044
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Issue 11
Pages 927-932
Keywords interections, photometric stereo, polarization, 3D reconstruction
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