Active Visual Inference of Surface Shape by Roberto Cipolla

By Roberto Cipolla

This monograph is dedicated to the matter of inferring geometric information regarding arbitrarily curved surfaces from visible cues; this can be a valuable challenge in desktop imaginative and prescient with quick relevance for robotic manipulation and navigation.
The writer develops computational theories and strategies touching on visible info coming up from viewer routine to the differential geometry of noticeable surfaces. The theories constructed were carried out and verified utilizing a real-time monitoring procedure in accordance with deformable contours. purposes of the suggestions to geometric modelling, hindrance avoidance, navigation, and item manipulation are presented.

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17) we can derive the mapping between the length of a small element of the contour generator its ] and its spherical perspective projection ]p~ [. Iwl _ = Ir~l (1- [ tp lrs--]sin0. 28) Note that the mapping from contour generator to apparent contour is singular (degenerate) when 0 is zero. The tangent to the contour generator projects to a point in the image. 5). 6 T h e geodesic c u r v a t u r e of a curve on a sphere is s o m e t i m e s called the apparent c u r v a t u r e [122]. It m e a s u r e s how the curve is c u r v i n g in the imaging surface.

They present an implementation based on dynamic programming instead of variational methods which allows the inclusion of hard constraints (which m a y not be violated) as well as the original smoothness constraints (which do not have to be satisfied exactly). Their approach uses points on a discrete grid and is numerically stable. Hard constraints also allow the distance between points on the snake to be fixed and hence can avoid bunching. However the main drawback is that the m e t h o d is slow since it depends on the number of the sample points and the cube of the search space.

4b). 0=0 The special case /9 = 0 occurs when the ray p lies along an asymptotic direction on the surface. The tangent to the contour generator and the ray are parallel - asymptotic directions are self-conjugate. 5). Conjugacy is an important relation in differential geometry and vision. As well as determining the direction of a contour generator, it also determines the direction of a self-shadow boundary in relation to its light source [122]. 4 Static properties of apparent contours It is now well established that static views of extremal boundaries are rich sources of surface geometry [17, 120, 36, 85].

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