Shape from specularities: computation and psychophysics.

A. Blake, H. Bülthoff

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Images of artificial and natural scenes typically contain many 'specularities' generated by mirror-like reflection from glossy surfaces. Until fairly recently computational models of visual processes have tended to regard specularities as obscuring underlying scene structure. Mathematical modelling shows that, on the contrary, they are rich in local geometric information. Recent psychophysical findings support the notion that the brain can apply that information. Our results concern the inference of 3D structure from 2D shaded images of glossy surfaces. Stereoscopically viewed highlights or 'specularities' are found to serve as cues for 3D local surface-geometry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-252
Number of pages16
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue number1260
Publication statusPublished - 1991 Feb 28

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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