COMP4901L Homework Assignment 3 3D Reconstruction solved




1 Overview
One of the major areas of computer vision is 3D reconstruction. Given several 2D images of an
environment, can we recover the 3D structure of the environment, as well as the position of the
camera/robot? This has many uses in robotics and autonomous systems, as understanding the
3D structure of the environment is crucial to navigation. You dont want your robot constantly
bumping into walls, or running over human beings!
Figure 1: Example of a robot using SLAM, a 3D reconstruction and localization algorithm
In this assignment there are two programming parts: sparse reconstruction and dense reconstruction. Sparse reconstructions generally contain a number of points, but still manage to describe
Figure 2: The two temple images we have provided to you.
the objects in question. Dense reconstructions are detailed and fine grained. In fields like 3D modelling and graphics, extremely accurate dense reconstructions are invaluable when generating 3D
models of real world objects and scenes.
In Part 1, you will be writing a set of functions to generate a sparse point cloud for some test
images we have provided to you. The test images are 2 renderings of a temple from two different
angles. We have also provided you with a mat file containing good point correspondences between
the two images. You will first write a function that computes the fundamental matrix between the
two images. Then write a function that uses the epipolar constraint to find more point matches
between the two images. Finally, you will write a function that will triangulate the 3D points for
each pair of 2D point correspondences.
We have provided you with a few helpful mat files. someCorresps.mat contains good point
correspondences. You will use this to compute the Fundamental matrix. intrinsics.mat contains
the intrinsic camera matrices, which you will need to compute the full camera projection matrices.
Finally templeCoords.mat contains some points on the first image that should be easy to localize
in the second image.
In Part 2, we utilize the extrinsic parameters computed by Part 1 to further achieve dense
3D reconstruction of this temple. You will need to compute the rectification parameters. We
have provided you with testRectify.m (and some helper functions) that will use your rectification
function to warp the stereo pair. You will then optionally use the warped pair to compute a
disparity map and finally a dense depth map.
In both cases, multiple images are required, because without two images with a large portion
overlapping the problem is mathematically underspecified. It is for this same reason biologists suppose that humans, and other predatory animals such as eagles and dogs, have two front facing eyes.
Hunters need to be able to discern depth when chasing their prey. On the other hand herbivores,
such as deer and squirrels, have their eyes position on the sides of their head, sacrificing most of
their depth perception for a larger field of view. The whole problem of 3D reconstruction is inspired
by the fact that humans and many other animals rely on dome degree of depth perception when
navigating and interacting with their environment. Giving autonomous systems this information
is very useful.
Figure 3: Camera and light source triangle diagram
2 Theory
2.1 Triangulation (5 points)
Structured light is a general way of retrieving 3D structure from a stationary camera. One very
interesting way to do this is by using a light source and a thin shadow (maybe cast by a pencil).
See for an example.
This scheme uses a stationary lamp, and a stationary camera. Then a thin wand is waved above
the object, and a shadow plane is cast. From the camera view, you know the angle to a point on
the object is β, and from the position of the wand, you know the angle at which the shadow is cast
from the light source is α You also know how far the camera is from the light source, so you know
the baseline distance b. Given this information, how can you recover the position of the point in
the scene? In other words, can you represent the coordinates (x, z) of the point P by only b, α, β?
2.2 Fundamental Matrix (15 points)
Suppose two cameras fixate on a point P (see Figure 4) in space such that their optical axes
intersect at that point. Show that if the image coordinates are normalized so that the coordinate
origin (0, 0) coincides with the principal point, the F33 element of the fundamental matrix F is
Figure 4: Figure for Question 2.2. C1 and C2 are the optical centers. The principal axes intersect
at point P.
3 Programming
3.1 Sparse Reconstruction
In this section, you will be writing a set of function to compute the sparse reconstruction from
two sample images of a temple. You will first estimate the Fundamental matrix, compute point
correspondences, then plot the results in 3D. It may be helpful to read through Section 3.1.5 right
now. In Section 3.1.5 we ask you to write a testing script that will run your whole pipeline. It will
be easier to start that now and add to it as you complete each of the questions one after the other.
3.1.1 Implement the eight point algorithm: (10 points)
In this question, youre going to use the eight point algorithm which is covered in class to estimate
the fundamental matrix. Please use the point correspondences provided in someCorresp.mat.
Write a function with the following signature:
function F = eightpoint(pts1, pts2, M)
where x1 and x2 are N × 2 matrices corresponding to the (x, y) coordinates of the N points in the
first and second image respectively. M is a scale parameter.
• Normalize points and un-normalize F: You should scale the data by dividing each coordinate
by M (the maximum of the images width and height). After computing F, you will have to
“unscale” the fundamental matrix.
• You must enforce the rank 2 constraint on F before unscaling. Recall that a valid fundamental
matrix F will have all epipolar lines intersect at a certain point, meaning that there exists a
non-trivial null space for F. In general, with real points, the eightpoint solution for F will
not come with this condition. To enforce the rank 2 condition, decompose F with SVD to
get the three matrices U, Σ, V such that F = UΣVT
. Then force the matrix to be rank 2
by setting the smallest singular value in Σ to zero, giving you a new Σ0
. Now compute the
proper fundamental matrix with F
0 = UΣ0VT
• You may find it helpful to refine the solution by using local minimization. This probably wont
fix a completely broken solution, but may make a good solution better by locally minimizing a
geometric cost function. For this we have provided refineF.m (takes in Fundamental matrix
and the two sets of points), which you can call from eightpoint before unscaling F. This
function uses matlab’s fminsearch to non-linearly search for a better F that minimizes the
cost function. For this to work, it needs an initial guess for F that is already close to the
• Remember that the x-coordinate of a point in the image is its column entry and ycoordinate
is the row entry. Also note that eight-point is just a figurative name, it just means that you
need at least 8 points; your algorithm should use an over-determined system (N > 8 points).
• To test your estimated F, use the provided function displayEpipolarF.m (takes in F and
the two images). This GUI lets you select a point in one of the images and visualize the
corresponding epipolar line in the other image like in Figure 5
In your write-up: Please include your recovered F and the visualization of some epipolar
lines (similar to Figure 5).
Figure 5: Epipolar lines visualization from displayEpipolarF.m
3.1.2 Find epipolar correspondences: (20 points)
To reconstruct a 3D scene with a pair of stereo images, we need to find many point pairs. A point
pair is two points in each image that correspond to the same 3D scene point. With enough of these
pairs, when we plot the resulting 3D points, we will have a rough outline of the 3D object. You
found point pairs in the previous homework using feature detectors and feature descriptors, and
testing a point in one image with every single point in the other image. But here we can use the
fundamental matrix to greatly simplify this search.
Figure 6: Epipolar Geometry (source Wikipedia)
Recall from class that given a point x in one image (the left view in Figure 6). Its corresponding
3D scene point p could lie anywhere along the line from the camera center o to the point x. This
line, along with a second image’s camera center o
(the right view in Figure 6) forms a plane. This
plane intersects with the image plane of the second camera, resulting in a line l
in the second image
which describes all the possible locations that x may be found in the second image. Line l
is the
epipolar line, and we only need to search along this line to find a match for point x found in the
first image.
Write a function with the following signature:
function pts2 = epipolarCorrespondence(im1, im2, F, pts1)
where im1 and im2 are the two images in the stereo pair. F is the fundamental matrix computed
for the two images using your eightpoint function. pts1 is an N × 2 matrix containing the (x, y)
points in the first image. Your function should return pts2, an N × 2 matrix, which contains the
corresponding points in the second image.
• To match one point x in image 1, use fundamental matrix to estimate the corresponding
epipolar line l
0 and generate a set of candidate points in the second image.
• For each candidate points x
, a similarity score between x and x
is computed. The point
among candidates with highest score is treated as epipolar correspondence.
• There are many ways to define the similarity between two points. Feel free to use whatever
you want and describe it in your write-up. One possible solution is to select a small
window of size w around the point x. Then compare this target window to the window of the
candidate point in the second image. For the images we gave you, simple Euclidean distance
or Manhattan distance should suffice. Manhattan distance was not covered in class. Consider
Googling it.
• Remember to take care of data type and index range.
You can use epipolarMatchGui.m to visually test your function. Your function does not need
to be perfect, but it should get most easy points correct, like corners, dots etc…
In your write-up: Include a screen shot of epipolarMatchGui running with your implementation of epipolarCorrespondence. Mention the similarity metric you decided to use. Also comment
on any cases where your matching algorithm consistently fails, and why you might think this is.
3.1.3 Write a function to compute the essential matrix: (10 points)
In order to get the full camera projection matrices we need to compute the Essential matrix.
So far, we have only been using the Fundamental matrix.
Write a function with the following signature:
function E = essentialMatrix(F, K1, K2)
where F is the Fundamental matrix computed between two images, K1 and K2 are the intrinsic
camera matrices for the first and second image respectively (contained in intrinsics.mat). E is
the computed essential matrix. The intrinsic camera parameters are typically acquired through
camera calibration.
Refer to the class slides for the relationship between the Fundamental matrix and the Essential
In your write-up: Write your estimated E matrix for the temple image pair we gave you.
3.1.4 Implement triangulation: (20 points)
Write a function to triangulate pairs of 2D points in the images to a set of 3D points with the
function pts3d = triangulate(P1, pts1, P2, pts2)
where pts1 and pts2 are the N × 2 matrices with the 2D image coordinates and pts3d is an
N × 3 matrix with the corresponding 3D points (in all cases, one point per row). P1 and P2 are
the 3 × 4 camera projection matrices. Remember that you will need to multiply the given intrinsic
matrices with your solution for the extrinsic camera matrices to obtain the final camera projection
Figure 7: Epipolar Match visualization. A few errors are alright, but it should get most easy points
correct (corners, dots, etc…)
matrices. For P1 you can assume no rotation or translation, so the extrinsic matrix is just [I|0].
For P2, pass the essential matrix to the provided camera2.m function to get four possible extrinsic
matrices. You will need to determine which of these is the correct one to use (see hint in Section
Refer to the class slides for one possible triangulation algorithm. Once you have it implemented,
check the performance by looking at the re-projection error. To compute the re-projection error,
project the estimated 3D points back to the image 1(2) and compute the mean Euclidean error
between projected 2D points and pts1(2).
In your write-up: Describe how you detemined which extrinsic matrices is correct. Note that
simply rewording the hint is not enough. Report your re-projection error using pts1, pts2 from
someCorresp.mat. If implemented correctly, the re-projection error should be less than 1 pixel.
3.1.5 Write a test script that uses templeCoords: (10 points)
You now have all the pieces you need to generate a full 3D reconstruction. Write a test script
testTempleCoords.m that does the following:
1. Load the two images and the point correspondences from someCorresp.mat
2. Run eightpoint to compute the fundamental matrix F
3. Load the points in image 1 contained in templeCoords.mat and run your
epipolarCorrespondences on them to get the corresponding points in image 2
4. Load intrinsics.mat and compute the essential matrix E.
5. Compute the first camera projection matrix P1 and use camera2.m to compute the four
candidates for P2
Figure 8: Sample Reconstructions
6. Run your triangulate function using the four sets of camera matrix candidates, the points
from templeCoords.mat and their computed correspondences. 7. Figure out the correct P2
and the corresponding 3D points.
Hint: You’ll get 4 projection matrix candidates for camera 2 from the essential matrix. The
correct configuration is the one for which most of the 3D points are in front of both cameras
(positive depth).
7. Use matlab’s plot3 function to plot these point correspondences on screen
8. Save your computed rotation matrix (R1, R2) and translation (t1, t2) to the file
../data/extrinsics.mat. These extrinsic parameters will be used in the next section.
We will use your test script to run your code, so be sure it runs smoothly. In particular, use
relative paths to load files, not absolute paths.
In your write-up: Include 3 images of your final reconstruction of the templeCoords points,
from different angles.
3.2 Dense Reconstruction
In applications such as 3D modelling, 3D printing, and AR/VR, a sparse model is not enough. When
users are viewing the reconstruction, it is much more pleasing to deal with a dense reconstruction.
To do this, it is helpful to rectify the images to make matching easier. In this section, you will be
writing a set of functions to perform a dense reconstruction on our temple examples. Given the
provided intrinsic and computed extrinsic parameters, you will need to write a function to compute
the rectification parameters of the two images. The rectified images are such that the epipolar
lines are horizontal, so searching for correspondences becomes a simple linear. This will be done
for every point. Finally, you can optionally compute the disparity and depth map.
3.2.1 Image Rectification (10 points)
Write a program that computes rectification matrices.
function [M1,M2,K1n,K2n,R1n,R2n,t1n,t2n] = rectify pair (K1,K2,R1,R2,t1,t2)
This function takes left and right camera parameters (K,R,t) and returns left and right rectification matrices (M1,M2) and updated camera parameters. You can test your function using the
provided script testRectify.m.
From what we learned in class, the rectify pair function should consecutively run the following
1. Compute the optical center c1 and c2 of each camera by c = −(KR)
2. Compute the new rotation matrix Re = [r1 r2 r3]
T where r1, r2, r3 ∈ R3×1 are orthonormal
vectors that represent x-, y-, and z-axes of the camera reference frame, respectively.
(a) The new x-axis (r1) is parallel to the baseline: r1 = (c1 − c2)/||c1 − c2||.
(b) The new y-axis (r2) is orthogonal to x and to any arbitrary unit vector, which we set to
be the z unit vector of the old left matrix: r2 is the cross product of R1(3, :)T and r1.
(c) The new z-axis (r3) is orthogonal to x and y: r3 is the cross product of r2 and r1.
3. Compute the new intrinsic parameter Ke . We can use an arbitrary one. In our test code, we
just let Ke = K2.
4. Compute the new translation: t1 = −Rc e
1, t2 = −Rc e
5. Finally, the rectification matrix of the first camera can be obtained by
M1 = (Ke
M2 can be computed from the same formula.
Once you have finished, run testRectify.m (Be sure to have the extrinsics saved by your
testTempleCoords.m). This script will test your rectification code on the temple images using
the provided intrinsic parameters and your computed extrinsic paramters. It will also save the
estimated rectification matrix and updated camera parameters in temple.mat, which will be used
by the next test script testDepth.m.
In your write-up: Include a screen shot of the result of running testRectify.m on temple images. The results should show some epipolar lines that are perfectly horizontal, with corresponding
points in both images lying on the same line.
3.2.2 Dense window matching to find per pixel disparity (extra credit) (20 points)
Write a program that creates a disparity map from a pair of rectified images (im1 and im2).
function dispM = get disparity(im1,im2,maxDisp,windowSize) where maxDisp is the maximum disparity and windowSize is the window size. The output dispM has the same dimension
as im1 and im2. Since im1 and im2 are rectified, computing correspondences is reduced to a 1-D
search problem.
The dispM(y, x) is
dispM(y, x) = arg min
dist(im1(y, x), im2(y, x − d)), (2)
where dist(im1(y, x), im2(y, x − d)) = Pw
j=−w(im1(y + i, x + j) − im2(y + i, x + j − d))2
with w is (windowSize − 1)/2. This summation on the window can be easily computed by using
the conv2 Matlab function (i.e. convolve with a mask of ones(windowSize,windowSize)) Note
that this is not the only way to implement this.
3.2.3 Depth map (extra credit) (10 points)
Write a function that creates a depth map from a disparity map (dispM).
function depthM = get depth(dispM,K1,K2,R1,R2,t1,t2)
Use the fact that depthM(y, x) = b × f /dispM(y, x) where b is the baseline and f is the focal
length of camera. For simplicity, assume that b = ||c1 − c2|| (i.e., distance between optical centers)
and f = K1(1, 1). Finally, let depthM(y, x) = 0 whenever dispM(y, x) = 0 to avoid dividing by 0.
You can now test your disparity and depth map functions using testDepth.m. Be sure to have
the rectification saved (by running testRectify.m). This function will rectify the images, then
compute the disparity map and the depth map.
In your write-up: Include images of your disparity map and your depth map.
3.3 Pose Estimation (Extra Credit)
In this section, you will implement what you have learned on class to estimate both the intrinsic
and extrinsic parameters of camera given 2D points x on image and their corresponding 3D points
X. In other words, given a set of matched points {Xi
, xi} and camera model

= f(X; p) = P

, (3)
we want to find the estimate of the camera matrix P ∈ R3×4
, as well as intrinsic parameter matrix
K ∈ R3×3
, camera rotation R ∈ R3×3 and camera translation t ∈ R3
, such that
P = K[R|t]. (4)
3.3.1 Estimate camera matrix P (10 points)
Write a function that estimates the camera matrix P given 2D and 3D points x, X.
function P = estimate pose(x, X),
where x is 2 × N matrix denoting the (x, y) coordinates of the N points on the image plane and
X is 3 × N matrix denoting the (x, y, z) coordinates of the corresponding points in the 3D world.
Recall that this camera matrix can be computed using the same strategy as homography estimation
by Direct Linear Transform (DLT). Once you finish this function, you can run the provided script
testPose.m to test your implementation.
In your write-up: Include the output of the script testPose.
3.3.2 Estimate intrinsic/extrinsic parameters (20 points)
Write a function that estimates both intrinsic and extrinsic parameters from camera matrix.
function [K, R, t] = estimate params(P)
From what we learned on class, the estimate params should consecutively run the following
1. Compute the camera center c by using SVD. Hint: c is the eigenvector corresponding to the
smallest eigenvalue.
2. Compute the intrinsic K and rotation R by using QR decomposition. K is a right upper
triangle matrix while R is a orthonormal matrix. Checking this answer1 might help.
3. Compute the translation by t = Rc.
Once you finish your implementation, you can run the provided script testKRt.m.
In your write-up: Include the output of the script testKRt.
3.3.3 Project a CAD model to the image (20 points)
Now you will utilize what you have implemented to estimate the camera matrix from a real image,shown in Figure 9(left), and project the 3D object (CAD model), shown in Figure 9(right),
back on to the image plane.
Figure 9: The provided image and 3D CAD model
Write a script projectCAD.m that does the following:
1. Load an image image, a CAD model cad, 2D points x and 3D points X from PnP.mat.
2. Run estimate pose and estimate params to estimate camera matrix P, intrinsic matrix K,
rotation matrix R, and translation t.
3. Use your estimated camera matrix P to project the given 3D points X onto the image.
4. Plot the given 2D points x and the projected 3D points on screen. An example is shown in
Figure 10(left). Hint: use plot.
5. Draw the CAD model rotated by your estimated rotation R on screen. An example is shown
in Figure 10(middle). Hint: use trimesh.
6. Project the CAD’s all vertices onto the image and draw the projected CAD model overlapping
with the 2D image. An example is shown in Figure 10(right). Hint: use patch.
In your write-up: Include the three images similar to Figure 10. You have to use different
colors from Figure 10. For example, green circle for given 2D points, black points for projected 3D
points, blue CAD model, and red projected CAD model overlapping on the image. You will get
NO credit if you use the same color.
Figure 10: Project a CAD model back onto the image. Left: the image annotated with given
2D points (blue circle) and projected 3D points (red points); Middle: the CAD model rotated by
estimated R; Right: the image overlapping with projected CAD model.