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Connection Machine System For Planetary Terrain Reconstruction And Visualization
Author(s): Mark Carlotto; Keith Hartt
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Paper Abstract

An interactive system for computing terrain elevation maps and synthetic views of planetary scenes from a single panchromatic image is described. The system, implemented on an 8192 processor CM-2 Connection Machine, can generate an alternative view from an original (512 by 512) image in about 20 seconds. The system uses a shape-from-shading algorithm based on a numerical integration approach for computing relative elevations from the image and an oblique parallel projection/hidden surface removal algorithm for generating synthetic renditions of the scene. Both of these algorithms are implemented using scans and execute in constant time for a given image size. Results from Mars using Viking Orbiter imagery are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1990
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1192, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision VIII: Algorithms and Techniques, (1 March 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.969736
Show Author Affiliations
Mark Carlotto, The Analytic Sciences Corp. (United States)
Keith Hartt, The Analytic Sciences Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1192:
Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision VIII: Algorithms and Techniques
David P. Casasent, Editor(s)

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