Illumination Estimation and Cast Shadow Detection Through a Higher-Order Graphical Model

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Executive Summary

In this paper, the authors propose a novel framework to jointly recover the illumination environment and an estimate of the cast shadows in a scene from a single image, given coarse 3D geometry. They describe a higher-order Markov Random Field (MRF) illumination model, which combines low-level shadow evidence with high-level prior knowledge for the joint estimation of cast shadows and the illumination environment. First, a rough illumination estimate and the structure of the graphical model in the illumination space are determined through a voting procedure. Then, a higher order approach is considered where illumination sources are coupled with the observed image and the latent variables corresponding to the shadow detection.

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