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A compact image-capturing system called TOMBO (an acronym for thin observation module by bound optics) is presented in which the compound-eye imaging system is utilized to achieve a thin optical configuration. The captured multiple images are processed to retrieve the image of the target object. For image retrieval, two kinds of processing method are(More)
We propose a method for measuring surface shapes of transparent objects by using a polarizing filter. Generally, the light reflected from an object is partially polarized. The degree of polarization depends upon the incident angle, which, in turn, depends upon the surface normal. Therefore, we can obtain surface normals of objects by observing the degree of(More)
The authors have proposed an architecture for a compact image-capturing system called TOMBO (thin observation module by bound optics), which uses compound-eye imaging for a compact hardware configuration [Appl. Opt. 40, 1806 (2001)]. The captured compound image is decomposed into a set of unit images, then the pixels in the unit images are processed with(More)
This paper presents a method to estimate geometrical, photometrical, and environmental information of a single-viewed object in one integrated framework under fixed viewing position and fixed illumination direction. These three types of information are important to render a photorealis-tic image of a real object. Photometrical information represents the(More)
One of the necessary techniques for constructing a virtual museum is to estimate the surface normal and the albedo of the artwork which has high specularity. In this paper, we propose a novel photometric stereo method which is robust to the specular reflection of the object surface. Our method can also digitize the artwork arranged inside a glass or acrylic(More)
We propose a method for extracting a shadow matte from a single image. The removal of shadows from a single image is a difficult problem to solve unless additional information is available. We use user-supplied hints to solve the problem. The proposed method estimates a fractional shadow matte using a graph cut energy minimization approach. We present a new(More)
In this paper, we propose a novel photometric stereo method that uses singular value decomposition. Singular value decomposition can solve the photometric stereo problem when the light source direction is unknown; however, it has the critical problem of being sensitive to outliers. We therefore propose a novel singular value decomposition method that is(More)
In the first part of this paper, we present a method to estimate the shape of transparent objects by using polarization. Few existing methods for this procedure consider internal interreflection, which is a multiple reflection occurring inside the transparent object. Our proposed method considers such interreflection by using the raytracing method. Also, we(More)
This paper presents an overview of our efforts in modeling cultural heritage through observation. These efforts span three aspects: how to create geometric models of cultural heritage; how to create photometric models of cultural heritage; and how to integrate such virtual heritages with real scenes. For geometric model creation, we have developed a(More)
Techniques for modeling an object through observation are very important in object recognition and virtual reality. A wide variety of techniques have been developed for modeling objects with opaque surfaces, whereas less attention has been paid to objects with transparent surfaces. A transparent surface has only surface reflection; it has little body(More)