Nevin Manimala Statistics

Metameric Inpainting for Image Warping

IEEE Trans Vis Comput Graph. 2022 Oct 24;PP. doi: 10.1109/TVCG.2022.3216712. Online ahead of print.


Image-warping, a per-pixel deformation of one image into another, is an essential component in immersive visual experiences such as virtual reality or augmented reality. The primary issue with image warping is disocclusions, where occluded (and hence unknown) parts of the input image would be required to compose the output image. We introduce a new image warping method, Metameric image inpainting – an approach for hole-filling in real-time with foundations in human visual perception. Our method estimates image feature statistics of disoccluded regions from their neighbours. These statistics are inpainted and used to synthesise visuals in real-time that are less noticeable to study participants, particularly in peripheral vision. Our method offers speed improvements over the standard structured image inpainting methods while improving realism over colour-based inpainting such as push-pull. Hence, our work paves the way towards future applications such as depth image-based rendering, 6-DoF 360 rendering, and remote render-streaming.

PMID:36279345 | DOI:10.1109/TVCG.2022.3216712

By Nevin Manimala

Portfolio Website for Nevin Manimala