Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 187–203

Optimization approach to dichromatic images

  • Mark S. Drew

DOI: 10.1007/BF01250529

Cite this article as:
Drew, M.S. J Math Imaging Vis (1993) 3: 187. doi:10.1007/BF01250529


A method for recovering the spectrum of both the interface and the body reflectance for images composed of dichromatic surfaces is presented. An important assumption is that the spectrum of the interface component is the same as that of the illuminant. It is also assumed that the image is presegmented into dichromatic patches, that surfaces possess specularities, and that these highlights change geometrically differently from the shading. The method is based on minimizing the sum of squares of deviations from the dichromatic model over all the patches in the image, by using finite-dimensional linear models to approximate spectral functions. We point out shortcomings in the accuracy of such models when specularities are present in images. Results are presented for synthesized images made up of shaded patches with highlights. It is shown that the method does reasonably well in recovering interface and body colors as well as the illuminant spectrum and body spectral reflectance function.

Key words

dichromatic specular reflectance color constancy optimization 

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark S. Drew
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computing ScienceSimon Fraser UniversityVancouverCanada

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