Constructing a Depth Map from Images
This paper describes two methods for constructing a depth map from images. Each method has two stages. First, one or more needle maps are determined using a pair of images. This process employs either the Marr-Poggio-Grimson stereo and shape-from-shading, or, instead, photometric stereo. Secondly, a depth map is constructed from the needle map or needle maps computed by the first stage. Both methods make use of an iterative relaxation method to obtain the final depth map.