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Specular flow and Weingarten map

: Pak, Alexey

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Beyerer, Jürgen (Ed.) ; Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung -IOSB-, Karlsruhe; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology -KIT-, Lehrstuhl für Interaktive Echtzeitsysteme -IES-:
Joint Workshop of Fraunhofer IOSB and Institute for Anthropomatics, Vision and Fusion Laboratory 2015. Proceedings : July, 19 to 26, Triberg-Nussbach, Germany
Karlsruhe: KIT Scientific Publishing, 2016 (Karlsruher Schriften zur Anthropomatik 24)
ISBN: 978-3-7315-0519-8
Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation and Institute for Anthropomatics, Vision and Fusion Laboratory (Joint Workshop) <2015, Triberg-Nussbach>
Conference Paper, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IOSB ()

If a moving camera observes a specular surface in which some environment is reflected, the pixel values per se do not directly characterize the surface. However, the associated optical flow, or specular flow (SF), as it is called in this situation, is an environment-agnostic observable that depends on the surface position, orientation, and curvature. The derivation of the SF in the limit of an infinitely remote environment has been published earlier by the authors, but in a relatively opaque coordinate-dependent form. In this report, we present a simpler and a more general derivation of the SF as a function of the surface structure, where the crucial part is played by the so-called Weingarten map. This result allows us to formulate the conditions when the SF diverges, and to derive a simple formula to relate the Gaussian curvature of the surface to the SF.