Section: Other Grants and Activities
Agence Nationale de la Recherche: HFIMBR (INRIA)
Participants : Jean Ponce, Josef Sivic, Oliver Whyte, Andrew Zisserman.
This is a collaborative effort with A. Bartoli (LASMEA Clermont-Ferrand) and N. Holszuch (ARTIS project-team, INRIA Rhône-Alpes).
There is an increasing need for three-dimensional (3D) “content” in entertainment, engineering, and scientific applications. We predict that, for most of these, today's specialized 3D sensors will eventually be replaced by ordinary, consumer-grade digital cameras equipped with advanced image-based modeling and analysis software. We propose core computer vision and computer graphics research that will enable the development of this software and its application to real-world problems. Concretely, in Willow, we focus on high-fidelity image-based modeling, 3D shape/appearance matching and image/video enhancement and restoration from multiple un-calibrated photographs. The goal is to demonstrate applications of the technology developed in this project to film post production and special effects, and cultural heritage conservation, both pursued via collaborations with external partners. Total funding for WILLOW: 110 KEuros.