Structure of applicable surfaces from single views

TitleStructure of applicable surfaces from single views
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsGumerov NA, Zandifar A, Duraiswami R, Davis LS
JournalComputer Vision-ECCV 2004
Pagination482 - 496
Date Published2004///

The deformation of applicable surfaces such as sheets of paper satisfies the differential geometric constraints of isometry (lengths and areas are conserved) and vanishing Gaussian curvature. We show that these constraints lead to a closed set of equations that allow recovery of the full geometric structure from a single image of the surface and knowledge of its undeformed shape. We show that these partial differential equations can be reduced to the Hopf equation that arises in non-linear wave propagation, and deformations of the paper can be interpreted in terms of the characteristics of this equation. A new exact integration of these equations is developed that relates the 3-D structure of the applicable surface to an image. The solution is tested by comparison with particular exact solutions. We present results for both the forward and the inverse 3D structure recovery problem.