Andrew R. Willis

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We present a complete system for the purpose of automatically assembling 3D pots given 3D measurements of their fragments commonly called sherds. A Bayesian approach is formulated which, at present, models the data given a set of sherd geometric parameters. Dense sherd measurement data is obtained by scanning the outside surface of each sherd with a laser(More)
A heretofore unsolved problem of great archaeological importance is the automatic assembly of pots made on a wheel from the hundreds (or thousands) of sherds found at an excavation site. An approach is presented to the automatic estimation of mathematical models of such pots from 3D measurements of sherds. The overall approach is formulated and described(More)
A heretofore unsolved problem of great archaeological importance is the automatic assembly of pots made on a wheel from the hundreds (or thousands) of sherds found at an excavation site. An approach is presented to the automatic estimation of mathematical models of such pots from 3D measurements of sherds. A Bayesian approach is formulated beginning with a(More)
In this paper, we present a computationally efficient technique for solving the difficult problem of estimating the global shape of a ceramic pot from measurements of its fragments. Each unknown pot is modeled as a surface of revolution, i.e., a 3D line- the central axis of the pot- and a 2D profile curve with respect to that axis. For each fragment, a(More)
This paper describes a novel embedded system capable of estimating 3D positions of surfaces viewed by a stereoscopic rig consisting of a pair of calibrated cameras. Novel theoretical and technical aspects of the system are tied to two aspects of the design that deviate from typical stereoscopic reconstruction systems: (1) incorporation of an 10x zoom lens(More)
This paper revisits the classical problem of detecting interest points, popularly known as “corners,” in 2D images by proposing a technique based on fitting algebraic shape models to contours in the edge image. Our method for corner detection is targeted for use on structural images, i.e., images that contain man-made structures for which(More)
This article describes a multimedia system consisting of two sensors: (1) a laser range scanner (LIDAR) and (2) a conventional digital camera. Our work specifies a mathematical calibration model that allows for this data to be explicitly integrated. Data integration is accomplished by calibrating the system, i.e., estimating for each variable of the model(More)
3D puzzle solving methods for this purpose were previously developed utilizing surrogate specimens [1]. Accurate fracture reconstructions were obtained by interactively matching native fragment surfaces to an intact template. While successfully piloted in a clinical case, more automated methods will be required in order for this approach to be practical in(More)
A prototype system for the automatic evolution of biomimetic structures using structural automata is described and its utility for generating digital sculpture is demonstrated. Sculptures are generated from a primordial shape which is represented in terms of a triangular mesh and sculpture is created by extending the original surface using tetrahedral(More)
This paper deals with the problem of precise automatic estimation of the surface geometry of pot sherds uncovered at archaeological excavation sites using dense 3D laser-scan data. Critical to ceramic fragment analysis is the ability to geometrically classify excavated sherds, and, if possible, reconstruct the original pots using the sherd fragments. To do(More)