Accession Number : ADP001193

Title :   Surface Constraints from Linear Extents,


Personal Author(s) : Kender,John R.

Report Date : JUN 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : This paper demonstrates how image features of linear extent (lengths and spacing) generate nearly image-independent constraints on underlying surface orientations. General constraints are derived from the shape-from-texture paradigm; then, certain special cases are shown to be especially useful. Under orthography, the assumption that two extents are equal is shown to be identical to the assumption that an image angle is a right angle (i.e. orthographic extent is a form of slope or skewed symmetry). Under perspective, if image extents are assumed equal and parallel, extent again degenerates into slope. In the general perspective case, the shape constraints are usually complex fourth-order equations, but they often simplify--even to graphic constructions in the image space itself. If image extents are colinear and assumed equal, the constraint equations reduce to second order, with several graphic analogs. If extents ae adjacent as well, the equations are first order and the derived construction (the jack-knife method) is particularly straightforward and general. This method works not only on measures of extent per texel, but also on reciprocal measures: texels per extent. Several examples and discussion indicate that the methods are robust, deriving surface information cheaply, without search, where other methods must fail. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Images, *Surfaces, *Linearity, Three dimensional, Cueing, Lines(Geometry), Points(Mathematics), Angles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE