Rethinking Rendering in Generalizable Neural Surface Reconstruction: A Learning-based Solution

Abstract

Generalizable neural surface reconstruction techniques have attracted great attention in recent years. However, they encounter limitations of low confidence depth distribution and inaccurate surface reasoning due to the oversimplified volume rendering process employed. In this paper, we present Reconstruction TRansformer (ReTR), a novel framework that leverages the transformer architecture to redesign the rendering process, enabling complex photon-particle interaction modeling. It introduces a learnable meta-ray token and utilizes the cross-attention mechanism to simulate the interaction of photons with sampled points and render the observed color. Meanwhile, by operating within a high-dimensional feature space rather than the color space, ReTR mitigates sensitivity to projected colors in source views. Such improvements result in accurate surface assessment with high confidence. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach on various datasets, showcasing how our method outperforms the current state-of-the-art approaches in terms of reconstruction quality and generalization ability.

Publication
Thirty-seventh Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS)
Ying-Cong Chen
Ying-Cong Chen
Assistant Professor

Ying-Cong Chen is an Assistant Professor at AI Thrust, Information Hub of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou Campus). He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research lies in the broad area of computer vision and machine learning, aiming for empowering machine with the capacity to understand human appearance, physiology and psychology. His works contribute to a wide range of applications, including contactless health monitoring, semantic photo synthesis, and intelligent video surveillance.

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