Shape and Reflectance Reconstruction in Uncontrolled Environments by Differentiable Rendering

Abstract

Simultaneous reconstruction of geometry and reflectance properties in uncontrolled environments remains a challenging problem. In this paper, we propose an efficient method to reconstruct the scene’s 3D geometry and reflectance from multi-view photography using conventional hand-held cameras. Our method automatically builds a virtual scene in a differentiable rendering system that roughly matches the real world’s scene parameters, optimized by minimizing photometric objectives alternatingly and stochastically. With the optimal scene parameters evaluated, photo-realistic novel views for various viewing angles and distances can then be generated by our approach. We present the results of captured scenes with complex geometry and various reflection types. Our method also shows superior performance compared to state-of-the-art alternatives in novel view synthesis visually and quantitatively

Rui Li
Rui Li
Ph.D. Student

PhD student in KAUST