Branching gaussian processes with applications to spatiotemporal reconstruction of 3D trees

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We propose a robust method for estimating dynamic 3D curvilinear branching structure from monocular images. While 3D reconstruction from images has been widely studied, estimating thin structure has received less attention. This problem becomes more challenging in the presence of camera error, scene motion, and a constraint that curves are attached in a branching structure. We propose a new generalpurpose prior, a branching Gaussian processes (BGP), that models spatial smoothness and temporal dynamics of curves while enforcing attachment between them. We apply this prior to fit 3D trees directly to image data, using an efficient scheme for approximate inference based on expectation propagation. The BGP prior’s Gaussian form allows us to approximately marginalize over 3D trees with a given model structure, enabling principled comparison between tree models with varying complexity. We test our approach on a novel multi-view dataset depicting plants with known 3D structures and topologies undergoing small nonrigid motion. Our method outperforms a state-of-the-art 3D reconstruction method designed for non-moving thin structure. We evaluate under several common measures, and we propose a new measure for reconstructions of branching multi-part 3D scenes under motion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Vision - 14th European Conference, ECCV 2016, Proceedings
EditorsBastian Leibe, Jiri Matas, Nicu Sebe, Max Welling
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783319464831
StatePublished - 2016
Event14th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2016 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Oct 8 2016Oct 16 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9912 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference14th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2016


  • Expectation propagation
  • Multiview stereo
  • Nonrigid models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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