A practical and efficient model for intensity calibration of multi-light image collections

Ruggero Pintus, Alberto Jaspe Villanueva, Antonio Zorcolo, Markus Hadwiger, Enrico Gobbetti

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We present a novel practical and efficient mathematical formulation for light intensity calibration of multi-light image collections (MLICs). Inspired by existing and orthogonal calibration methods, we design a hybrid solution that leverages their strengths while overcoming most of their weaknesses. We combine the rationale of approaches based on fixed analytical models with the interpolation scheme of image domain methods. This allows us to minimize the final residual error in light intensity estimation, without imposing an overly constraining illuminant type. Unlike previous approaches, the proposed calibration strategy proved to be simpler, more efficient and versatile, and extremely adaptable in different setup scenarios. We conduct an extensive analysis and validation of our new light model compared to several state-of-the-art techniques, and we show how the proposed solution provides a more reliable outcomes in terms of accuracy and precision, and a more stable calibration across different light positions/orientations, and with a more general light form factor.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalVisual Computer
StatePublished - Jun 4 2021

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-06-22
Acknowledgements: This research was partially supported by Sardinian Regional Authorities under grant VIGECLAB. A. Jaspe Villanueva and M. Hadwiger acknowledge the support of KAUST. We thank Fabio Marton for providing the test object.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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