Shape from shading using graph cuts

Ju Yong Chang, Kyoung Mu Lee, Sang Uk Lee
2008 Pattern Recognition  
In this paper, we investigate the applicability of graph cuts to the SFS (shape-from-shading) problem. We propose a new semi-global method for SFS using graph cuts. The new algorithm combines the local method proposed by Lee and Rosenfeld [C.H. Lee, A. Rosenfeld, Improved methods of estimating shape from shading using the light source coordinate system, Artif. Intell. 26 (1985) 125-143] and a global method using an energy minimization technique. By employing a new global energy minimization
more » ... ulation, the convex/concave ambiguity problem of Lee and Rosenfeld's method can be resolved efficiently. A new combinatorial optimization technique, the graph cuts method, is used for the minimization of the proposed energy functional. Experimental results on a variety of synthetic and real-world images show that the proposed algorithm reconstructs the 3-D shape of objects very efficiently.
doi:10.1016/j.patcog.2008.05.020 fatcat:p7hf3pys4jclnlwzsuivyiiggm