Depth and Transient Imaging with Compressive SPAD Array Cameras

Qilin Sun, Xiong Dun, Yifan Peng, Wolfgang Heidrich

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Time-of-flight depth imaging and transient imaging are two imaging modalities that have recently received a lot of interest. Despite much research, existing hardware systems are limited either in terms of temporal resolution or are prohibitively expensive. Arrays of Single Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPADs) promise to fill this gap by providing higher temporal resolution at an affordable cost. Unfortunately SPAD arrays are to date only available in relatively small resolutions. In this work we aim to overcome the spatial resolution limit of SPAD arrays by employing a compressive sensing camera design. Using a DMD and custom optics, we achieve an image resolution of up to 800Ã - 400 on SPAD Arrays of resolution 64Ã - 32. Using our new data fitting model for the time histograms, we suppress the noise while abstracting the phase and amplitude information, so as to realize a temporal resolution of a few tens of picoseconds.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781538664209
StatePublished - Dec 18 2018

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work is supported by the KAUST baseline funding.


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