Affordable Content Creation for Free-Viewpoint Video and VR/AR Applications

Journal paper
R. Pagés, K. Amplianitis, D. Monaghan, J. Ondrej, A. Smolic
Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation
Publication year: 2018

Abstract

We present a scalable pipeline for Free-Viewpoint Video (FVV) content creation, considering also visualisation in Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). We support a range of scenarios where there may be a limited number of handheld consumer cameras, but also demonstrate how our method can be applied in professional multi-camera setups. Our novel pipeline extends many state-of-the-art techniques (such as structure-from-motion, shape-from-silhouette and multi-view stereo) and incorporates bio-mechanical constraints through 3D skeletal information as well as efficient camera pose estimation algorithms. We introduce multi-source shape-from-silhouette (MS-SfS) combined with fusion of different geometry data as crucial components for accurate reconstruction in sparse camera settings. Our approach is highly flexible and our results indicate suitability either for affordable content creation for VR/AR or for interactive FVV visualisation where a user can choose an arbitrary viewpoint or sweep between known views using view synthesis.

Leave a Trace - A People Tracking System Meets Anomaly Detection

Journal paper
D. Rueß, K. Amplianitis, N. Deckers, M. Adduci, K. Manthey and R. Reulke
The International Journal of Multimedia & Its Applications (IJMA)
Publication year: 2017

Abstract

Video surveillance always had a negative connotation, among others because of the loss of privacy and because it may not automatically increase public safety. If it was able to detect atypical (i.e. dangerous) situations in real time, autonomously and anonymously, this could change. A prerequisite for this is an automatic detection of possibly dangerous situations from video data. From the derived trajectories we then want to determine dangerous situations by detecting atypical trajectories. However, it is better to develop such a system without people being threatened or even harmed, plus with having them know that there is such a tracking system installed. In the artistic project leave a trace the tracked people become actor and thus part of the installation. Visualization in real-time allows interaction by these actors, which in turn creates many atypical interaction situations on which we could develop our situation detection.

Keywords

Image Processing, Computer Vision, Arts, Tracking, Machine Vision, Imaging Systems