Improving Height Recovery from a Single Image of a Face Using Local Shape Indicators

  • Mario Castelán
  • Edwin R. Hancock
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3211)


In this paper we propose a local-shape based method for correcting shape-from- shading information for surface height recovery of faces. The underpinning idea comes from the observation that subtle changes in the elements of a gradient field can cause notable changes in its integrated surface. One of the problems with reliable face surface reconstruction using shape-from-shading is that local errors in the needle map can cause implosion of facial features. To overcome this problem we develop a method for ensuring surface convexity. This is done by modifying the gradient orientations in accordance with critical points on the surface. We utilize a local shape indicator as a criteria to decide which surface normals are to be modified. Experiments show that altering the directions of a surface normal field of a face leads to a considerable improvement in its integrated height map.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Castelán
    • 1
  • Edwin R. Hancock
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkYorkUnited Kingdom

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