Boundary cues for 3D object shape recovery

Kevin Karsch, Zicheng Liao, Jason Rock, Jonathan T. Barron, Derek Hoiem

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Early work in computer vision considered a host of geometric cues for both shape reconstruction and recognition. However, since then, the vision community has focused heavily on shading cues for reconstruction, and moved towards data-driven approaches for recognition. In this paper, we reconsider these perhaps overlooked 'boundary' cues (such as self occlusions and folds in a surface), as well as many other established constraints for shape reconstruction. In a variety of user studies and quantitative tasks, we evaluate how well these cues inform shape reconstruction (relative to each other) in terms of both shape quality and shape recognition. Our findings suggest many new directions for future research in shape reconstruction, such as automatic boundary cue detection and relaxing assumptions in shape from shading (e.g. orthographic projection, Lambertian surfaces).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6619125
Pages (from-to)2163-2170
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
StatePublished - 2013
Event26th IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2013 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2013Jun 28 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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