How to generate new views based on given reference images has been an important and interesting topic in the area of image-based rendering. Two important algorithms that can be used are field morphing and view morphing. Field morphing, which is an algorithm of image morphing, generates new views based on two reference images which were taken at the same viewpoint. The most successful result of field morphing is morphing from one person's face to the other one's face. View morphing, which is an algorithm of view synthesis, generates in between views based on two reference views which were taken at different viewpoints for the same object. The result of view morphing is often an animation of moving one object from the viewpoint of one reference image to the viewpoint of the other one. In this thesis, we proposed a new framework that integrates field morphing and view morphing to solve the problem of expression morphing. Based on four reference images, we successfully generate the morphing from one viewpoint with one expression to another viewpoint with a different expression. We also proposed a new approach to eliminate artifacts that frequently occur in view morphing due to occlusions and in field morphing due to some unforeseen combination of feature lines. We solve these problems by relaxing the monotonicity assumption to piece-wise monotonicity along the epipolar lines. Our experimental results demonstrate the efficiency of this approach in handling occlusions for more realistic synthesis of novel views.
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Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Fu, Tao, "Expression Morphing Between Different Orientations" (2004). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 6126.