Paper 12.218

H. Mitchell, "Simple Shape-from-shading for Human Surface Measurement", in Proc. of 3rd Int. Conf. on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 2012, pp. 218-226,


Simple Shape-from-Shading for Human Surface Measurement



Civil Surveying and Environmental Engineering, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia


Shape-from-shading (SFS) suggests itself as suitable technique for three-dimensional body shape measurement, because it depends on a lack of optical texture on the object, and this lack of texture is a characteristic found across much of the human body. Measurement by SFS is also appealing because it requires just a single image. However, SFS does not easily produce accurate and reliable results. The goal of the work reported in this paper has been to seek three-dimensional results of adequate accuracy for certain human measurement applications by using an approach emphasising low cost and a lack of complication. This work was initiated by a desire to measure extracted and live human teeth, but trials have also used human body areas. Results show some limitations to the current approach, but they are encouraging and the concept of achieving shape measurement goals without complication is valid and modifications to the approach will continue.


shape-from-shading, tooth measurement, human back measurement


Full paper: 12.218.pdf
Proceedings: 3DBST 2012, 16-17 Oct. 2012, Lugano, Switzerland
Pages: 218-226

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