Large-­scale 3D Modeling from Crowdsourced Data

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Large-scale image-based 3D modeling has been a major goal of computer vision, enabling a wide range of applications including virtual reality, image-based localization, and autonomous navigation. One of the most diverse data sources for modeling is Internet photo collections. In the last decade the computer vision community has made tremendous progress in large-scale structure from motion and multi-view stereo from Internet datasets. However, utilizing this wealth of information for 3D modeling remains a challenging problem due to the ever-increasing amount of image data. In a short period of time, research in large-scale modeling has progressed from modeling using several thousand images, to modeling from city-scale datasets of several million, and recently to reconstructing an Internet-scale dataset comprising 100 million images. This tutorial will present the main underlying technologies enabling these innovations.


Time: October 28, 2016 2:00pm-5:00pm


Jan-Michael Frahm
jmf (at)
Associate Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Enrique Dunn
edunn (at)
Associate Professor
Stevens Institute of Technology

Jared Heinly
jared.heinly (at)
Senior Research Engineer
URC Ventures

Johannes L. Schönberger
jsch (at)
Ph.D. Student
ETH Zürich