Statistical Methods for Surface Integration

  • William A. P. Smith
  • Edwin R. Hancock
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4647)


In this paper we show how statistical constraints can be incorporated into the surface integration process. This problem aims to reconstruct the surface height function from a noisy field of surface normals. We propose two methods that employ a statistical model that captures variations in surface height. The first uses a coupled model that captures the variation in a training set of face surfaces in both the surface normal and surface height domain. The second is based on finding the parameters of a surface height model directly from a field of surface normals. We present experiments on ground truth face data and compare the results of the two methods with an existing surface integration technique.


Root Mean Square Error Root Mean Square Couple Model Surface Normal Surface Integration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William A. P. Smith
    • 1
  • Edwin R. Hancock
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, The University of YorkUK

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