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Workshop in conjunction with ICCV'07, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 14-21, 2007


The way an image looks like depends on many factors, including geometry, illumination and reflectance properties of the objects. For the transparent or translucent objects, or for the objects composed by multiple coatings, the factors are even more numerous (refraction, subsurface scattering,...). The laws combining these components are very diverse and complex. This complexity makes computer vision tasks even more difficult and practically causes the failure of methods based on too simple models.
A typical example could be the troubles caused by the specularities in the stereo-vision problem; proposed methods usually assume that the scene in perfectly diffuse. Feature tracking/matching is another example since the photometric appearance of the objects can change when they/the camera move/es.
From the theoretical as well as from the computational point of view, a better understanding and handling of these factors and of their combinations should allow to be robust to the photometric effects. In fact this allows us to go beyond: it allows not only to overcome the inconveniences problems they involve but it can also be an information/constraints source which can be practically exploited in computer vision tasks. We can think for example about the shading and shadow information.

Best Papers:

  • Adobe Best Paper prize [US$1.5K]:
    • Chenyu Wu, Srinivasa Narasimhan and Branislav Jaramaz
    • Shape from Shading under Near Point Lighting and Partial Views for Orthopaedic Endoscopys
  • GE Best Student Paper prize [US$1K]:
    • Cui Chi and Moshe Ben-Ezra
    • Spectral Probing; Multi-Spectral Imaging by Optimized Wide Band Illumination

MERL Keynote Lecture:

  • Todd Zickler [Harvard University]
  • Title: Physics-based approaches to visual scene analysis.

Organizing Committee:

  • Peter Belhumeur, Program Chair, Columbia University, USA
  • Katsushi Ikeuchi, Program Chair, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Emmanuel Prados, Organizer & General Co-Chair, INRIA, France
  • Stefano Soatto, General Chair, UCLA, USA
  • Peter Sturm, Organizer & Program Chair, INRIA, France

Program Committee:

  • Edward H. Adelson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Ronen Basri, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Daniel Cremers, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Mark S. Drew, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Graham Finlayson, University of East Anglia, UK
  • David Forsyth, U.C. Berkeley, USA
  • William T. Freeman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Theo Gevers, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Edwin R. Hancock, University of York, UK
  • Anders Heyden, Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • David W. Jacobs, University of Maryland, USA
  • Jan J. Koenderink, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Ryszard S. Kozera, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • David J. Kriegman, University of California, San Diego, USA
  • Kyros Kutulakos, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Mike Langer, McGill, Canada
  • Sang Wook Lee, Sogang University, Korea
  • Hendrik Lensch, Max-Planck-Institut, Germany
  • Steve Lin, Microsoft Research Asia
  • Shree K. Nayar, Columbia University, USA
  • Marc Pollefeys, University of North Carolina, USA
  • Jean Ponce, INRIA, France
  • Yoichi Sato, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Steven Seitz, University of Washington, USA
  • Jan Erik Solem, Malmö University, Sweden
  • Todd Zickler, Harvard University, USA