Reflectance and Illuminant Estimation


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We have been working on ways to estimate an object's reflectance under a known illuminant using a few possibly noisy measurements of the reflectance. Future work may extend into illuminant estimation and color conversion. Steve Lansel is heading up this work.

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[edit] Background

The problem of estimating a reflectance signal (at least 30 samples) from a small (3-8) number of sensor measurements is an underconstrained problem. Fortunately, reflectance functions have properties such as smoothness that can be exploited to still give reasonable estimates when this a priori information is employed. Traditional methods employ linear reconstruction based on principal components analysis (PCA) or Wiener filtering. We have developed improved algorithms for reflectance estimation by relying on nonlinear methods based upon sparse representations and local estimations, which more accurately captures the a priori information of the nature of reflectances.

[edit] Methods of Reflectance Estimation (to describe and evaluate)

[edit] Code

High level description of main routines

Details of running the code and putting it in the processing pipeline should be placed in the page of the Hyperspectral/Recovery section.

[edit] Papers

[edit] TODO

SVN check-in, code organization.

Visualizations of the algorithms and their choices

MOD description, put paper here, examples of figures.

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