Computational Photography

Compressing Imaging

by dr. Francho Melendez

today's schedule

  • Homework for XMAS
  • Light Field ++
  • Compressing Imaging

List of papers

more papers...

list of papers

Review Form

January 12th

  • Presentation 10 minutes
  • 5 minutes question
  • send your presentation to me by the 11th


  • read critically
  • identify main contribution
  • identify limitations
  • justify your comments
  • present the content


light field

irradiance vs radiance

rendering LF


spatial multiplexing

other applications

Light Fields ++

unstructured light fields

unstructured light fields

unstructured light fields

panorama light fields

panorama light fields

gigaray light fields

HDR light fields

compressive imaging

compressive sensing?

also compressive sampling

compressing sensing?

a novel sampling paradigm that asserts that one can recover certain signals from far fewer samplers than traditional methods

Nyquist–Shannon Sampling

If a function x(t) contains no frequencies higher than B hertz, it is completely determined by giving its ordinates at a series of points spaced 1/(2B) seconds apart.

A sufficient sample-rate is therefore 2B samples/second, or anything larger. Equivalently, for a given sample rate fs, perfect reconstruction is guaranteed.

Nyquist–Shannon Sampling

For some signals like images that are not naturally bandlimited, the sampling rate is dictated not by the Shannon theorem but by the desired temporal or spatial resolution.

compressing sensing

sparsity of a signal

many signals have some structure


sensing modality

sparse signals

images are sparse in some domain

other domain

images are sparse in some domain


images are sparse in some domain

sparse signals

sparse signals

sampling as linear transformation

sampling as linear transformation

sampling as linear transformation

compressed sensing, much less measurments

solving a Ax = b problem (b measurements, x unknown signal)

information preservation

no in general

infinite x for the given y (linear subspace)

information preservation

in the sparse case, yes!

information preservation

easy! if you know the signal.

but we don't know the signal... :(

a desing problem

I want to design a $\phi$ matrix, that if I take K colums of it, they are full rank. (rank K)

And I want them to be close to orthogonal.

Restricted Isometry Property (RIP)

linear subspaces

  • k-sparse signal in space
  • we want to find a $\phi$ that projects the signal into a lower dimensional space where it's still sparse
  • dimensional reduction: we want to preserve distances

N-P Problem

$\phi$ is still very large

check the rank of every possible selection of K

random matrices are RIP

they found that this matrices are quite common, in fact random matrices usually work well

M is the number of samples, only grow logaritmically

random sensing

CS signal recovery

CS signal recovery

l2 norm

l0 norm

l1 norm

l1 norm

sampling in sparse domain



single pixel camera

single pixel camera

single pixel camera

plus l1 minimization

CS low light camera

CS low light camera


  • measuring might me expensive
  • takes long time
  • exposure to radiation MRI
  • 2013 Used for light fields

CS light fields


  • many signals in nature are sparse
  • we can take advantage of that when sampling
  • taking random samples works with many signals
  • given the correct basis
  • and reconstructed with $l_1$ norm
  • this is called compressed sensing


Computer Animation Festival

18.15 SALA 25

January 13th

  • Tell me the paper you choose: ASAP
  • 5 minutes question
  • send your presentation to me by the 12th

credits and references and aditional readings

These slides have been prepared with materials, slides, and discussions from the following.