A Luminance-Contrast-Aware Disparity Model and Applications

SIGGRAPH Asia 2012

Piotr Didyk1,2     Tobias Ritschel2     Elmar Eisemann3     Karol Myszkowski2     Hans-Peter Seidel2     Wojciech Matusik1

1 MIT CSAIL     2 MPI Informatik     3 Delft University of Technology / Télécom ParisTech    


Binocular disparity is one of the most important depth cues used by the human visual system (HVS). Recently developed stereo-perception models allow us to successfully manipulate disparity in order to improve viewing comfort, depth discrimination as well as stereo content compression and display. Nonetheless, all existing models neglect the substantial influence of luminance on stereo perception. Our work is the first to account for the interplay of luminance contrast (magnitude/frequency) and disparity and our model predicts the human response to complex stereo-luminance images. Besides improving existing disparity-model applications (e.g., difference metrics or compression), our approach offers new possibilities, such as joint luminance contrast and disparity manipulation or the optimization of auto-stereoscopic content. We validate our results in a user study, which also reveals the advantage of considering luminance contrast and its significant impact on disparity manipulation techniques.

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Related publications:

A Perceptual Model for Disparity
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Joint View Expansion and Filtering for Automultiscopic 3D Displays
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ACM Transactions on Graphics 32(6) (Proceedings SIGGRAPH Asia 2013, Hong Kong).

Adaptive Image-space Stereo View Synthesis
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Proceedings of Vision, Modeling and Visualization Workshop, 15-17 November 2010, Siegen, Germany.


Piotr Didyk, Tobias Ritschel, Elmar Eisemann, Karol Myszkowski, Hans-Peter Seidel, Wojciech Matusik
A Luminance-Contrast-Aware Disparity Model and Applications
ACM Transactions on Graphics 31(6) (Proceedings SIGGRAPH Asia 2012, Singapore), 2012

    author = { Piotr Didyk and
	       Tobias Ritschel and
	       Elmar Eisemann and
	       Karol Myszkowski and
	       Hans-Peter Seidel and
	       Wojciech Matusik
    title     = {A Luminance-Contrast-Aware Disparity Model and Applications},
    journal   = {ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings SIGGRAPH Asia 2012, Singapore)},
    year      = {2012},
    volume    = {31},
    number    = {6}