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Effective interactive visualization of neural relightable images in a web-based multi-layered framework

Leonardo Righetto, Fabio Bettio, Federico Ponchio, Andrea Giachetti, Enrico Gobbetti
The 21th Eurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage, page 57--66 - 2023
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Relightable images created from Multi-Light Image Collections (MLICs) are one of the most commonly employed models for interactive object exploration in cultural heritage. In recent years, neural representations have been shown to produce higher-quality images, at similar storage costs, with respect to the more classic analytical models such as Polynomial Texture Maps (PTM) or Hemispherical Harmonics (HSH). However, their integration in practical interactive tools has so far been limited due to the higher evaluation cost, making it difficult to employ them for interactive inspection of large images, and to the difficulty in integration cost, due to the need to incorporate deep-learning libraries in relightable renderers. In this paper, we illustrate how a state-of-the-art neural reflectance model can be directly evaluated, using common WebGL shader features, inside a multi-platform renderer. We then show how this solution can be embedded in a scalable framework capable to handle multi-layered relightable models in web settings. We finally show the performance and capabilities of the method on cultural heritage objects.

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BibTex references

@InProceedings{RBPGG23,
  author       = {Righetto, L. and Bettio, F. and Ponchio, F. and Giachetti, A. and Gobbetti, E.},
  title        = {Effective interactive visualization of neural relightable images in a web-based multi-layered framework},
  booktitle    = {The 21th Eurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage},
  pages        = {57--66},
  year         = {2023},
  keywords     = {visual computing},
  doi          = {10.2312/gch.20231158},
  url          = {https://publications.crs4.it/pubdocs/2023/RBPGG23},
}

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