Learning Occlusion-Aware View Synthesis for Light Fields



Learning Occlusion-Aware View Synthesis for Light Fields

Learning Occlusion-Aware View Synthesis for Light Fields
Research Paper / Pattern Analysis and Applications / Dec 2020 / ["Volumetric Imaging", "Machine learning/ Deep learning /Artificial Intelligence"]

We present a novel learning-based approach to synthesize new views of a light field image. In particular, given the four corner views of a light field, the presented method estimates any in-between view. We use three sequential convolutional neural networks for feature extraction, scene geometry estimation and view selection. Compared to state-of-the-art approaches, in order to handle occlusions we propose to estimate a different disparity map per view. Jointly with the view selection network, this strategy shows to be the most important to have proper reconstructions near object boundaries. Ablation studies and comparison against the state of the art on Lytro light fields show the superior performance of the proposed method. Furthermore, the method is adapted and tested on light fields with wide baselines acquired with a camera array and, in spite of having to deal with large occluded areas, the proposed approach yields very promising results.