3D Modeling of Optically Challenging Real-World Objects
 
One of the challenges in 3D modeling results from the fact that many real-world objects have surface materials that are not ideal for optical range sensors.  Various surface materials that cause difficulties in range imaging include specular surfaces, highly absorptive surfaces, translucent surfaces, and transparent surfaces.  Some researchers have tried to simply do away with such surface-related problems by painting the object or coating the object with removable powder to ensure that surfaces reflect the light source diffusely.  Obviously, this approach is not desirable and may not even be feasible for real-world objects outside the laboratory.  Thus, this project seeks to develop new methods for generating accurate 3D models of optically challenging real-world objects using a conventional range sensor.
 
The following images show some of the results obtained using our method.  For technical details of our method, we refer to the publications at the end of this page.
 
OBJECT 1: BOWL
 
 
 
Material: stainless steel
Number of range images acquired: 3
 
 
 
Range data during false measurement elimination process
The true measurements are displayed with light blue color and the false measurements with dark red color. Two images visualized from two different viewpoints, labeled as View 1 and View 2, are accompanied for each step shown in the figures.
 
 
 
Final model visualized from three different viewpoints
 
OBJECT 2: SEASHELL
 
  
 
 
Material: ceramic
Number of range images acquired: 27
 
 
 
Range data during false measurement elimination process
The true measurements are displayed with light blue color and the false measurements with dark red color. Two images visualized from two different viewpoints, labeled as View 1 and View 2, are accompanied for each step shown in the figures.
 
 
Final model visualized from three different viewpoints
 
OBJECT 3: BEAR ON TRAY
 
 
 
Material: ceramic
Number of range images acquired: 40
 
 
 
 
Range data during false measurement elimination process
The true measurements are displayed with light blue color and the false measurements with dark red color. Two images visualized from two different viewpoints, labeled as View 1 and View 2, are accompanied for each step shown in the figures.
 
 
Final model visualized from three different viewpoints
 
OBJECT 4: GORILLA
 
 
 
Material: black plastic
Number of range images acquired: 34
 
 
 
 
 
Range data during false measurement elimination process
The true measurements are displayed with light blue color and the false measurements with dark red color. Two images visualized from two different viewpoints, labeled as View 1 and View 2, are accompanied for each step shown in the figures.
 
 
Final model visualized from three different viewpoints
 
 
 
PROJECT TEAM
 
    •    Johnny Park
 
VIDEO
 
 
 
 
This movie clip shows general steps involved in 3D modeling using range data acquired by a structured-light scanner.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PUBLICATIONS
 
J. Park and A. C. Kak, "Multi-Peak Range Imaging for Accurate 3D Reconstruction of Specular Objects," Proceedings of the 6th Asian Conference on Computer Vision, January 2004.  [pdf, 2.6MB]
J. Park and A. C. Kak, "Specularity Elimination in Range Sensing for Accurate 3D Modeling of Specular Objects," in The Second International Symposium on 3D Data Processing, Visualization, and Transmission (3DPVT 2004), September 2004.  [pdf, 0.6MB]
J. Park and G. N. DeSouza,"3D Modeling of Real-World Objects Using Range and Intensity Images ", (Book Chapter) Innovations in Machine Intelligence and Robot Perception , Edited by: S. Patnaik, L.C. Jain, G. Tzafestas and V. Bannore, © Springer-Verlag.  [pdf, 2.7MB]
J. Park, G. N. DeSouza, and A. C. Kak, "Dual-Beam Structured-Light Scanning for 3-D Object Modeling," Proceedings of the Third International Conference on 3D Digital Imaging and Modeling, June 2001.  [pdf, 2.8MB]
 
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