Half-century of Structure-from-Motion

50SFM - ECCV '24 Workshop 

Milan, Italy: 29 September 2024, PM

ABOUT

The 50SFM workshop wants to commemorates the remarkable journey of Structure-from-Motion (SFM) over the past 50 years. SFM has played a pivotal role in the fields of computer vision, photogrammetry and robotics, revolutionizing our ability to reconstruct 3D structures from 2D image sequences.  

Originally coined in neuroscience in reference to the human visual system, it was Ullmann in 1977 (ftp://publications.ai.mit.edu/ai-publications/pdf/AIM-476.pdf) who first applied it within a computational context, albeit at the intersection of neuroscience. In his seminal work in 1977 - published also in 1979 by MIT, the interpretation of structure from motion is examined from a computational point of view. "The question addressed is how the 3-D structure and motion of objects can be inferred from the 2-D transformations of their projected images when no 3-D information is conveyed by the individual projections". He articulated the so-called SFM theorem: given three orthographic views of four non-coplanar points, the structure and motion compatible with these views are uniquely determined. 

This theorem sparked interest in the computational structure from motion problem, reaching its peak in the early 1990s, gradually declining later on until it experienced a resurgence after 20120 (see graph below from Google Books NGrams).

This ECCV 2024 workshop aims to bring together experts, researchers and enthusiasts to reflect on the evolution of SFM, discuss recent advances and explore its diverse applications. The main goal is to provide a venue for knowledge exchange, collaboration and future directions in the field of SFM. With a mix of invited speakers and solicit papers, the workshop aims to:

Provide a comprehensive overview of the historical development of SFM;

Explore recent breakthroughs, theoretical results and innovations in SFM algorithms and methodologies;

Discuss challenges and potential solutions in the current state of SFM research;

Showcase diverse applications of SFM across industries, including robotics, archaeology, geosciences, and more;

Foster networking and collaboration among researchers and practitioners in the SFM community.

The expected outcomes of the 50SFM workshop are:

The workshop is relevant to the computer vision, photogrammetry and robotics communities as it serves as a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and inspiration. By addressing historical context, current challenges, and future directions in SFM, the workshop contributes to the continuous advancement of this pivotal technology and strengthens the bonds within the computer vision research community.

The 50SFM workshop is relevant to the computer vision, photogrammetry and robotics communities as it serves as a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and inspiration. By addressing historical context, current challenges, and future directions in SFM, the workshop contributes to the continuous advancement of this pivotal technology and strengthens the bonds within the computer vision research community.

50SFM TOPICS and THEMES


CHALLENGING SEQUENCES

Organizers collected various datasets which are challenging for SfM approaches. They include repeated structures, transparent objects, reflective surfaces, etc. Please contact us if you wish to receive the sequences.

Participants are welcome to use these sequences to test their methods and report solutions and results at the event and in conference papers. Submitted papers will be reviewed and, if accepted, published in the ECCV 2024 proceedings.

Sequence 1 - repeated structures (Temple)


Sequence 2 - repeated structures (Street View)


Sequence 3 - repeated structures (Drone)


Sequence 4 - transparent objects (Glass)


Sequence 5 - Forestry

INVITED SPEAKERS

Marc Pollefeys

ETH Zurich / Microsoft, Switzerland

"My 30-year journey with SfM"

Christoph Strecha

Pix4D, Switzerland

"Value creation by using SfM"

Noah Snavely 

Cornell University, USA

TBA

Luca Carlone 

MIT, USA

"Certifiable pose estimation and 3D reconstruction beyond geometry"

Peter Sturm 

INRIA, France

"A historical review of SfM - 300 years and counting"

Dmytro Mishkin

Czech Technical University, Czech Republic

"How to move the goalposts: coming up with yet unsolved challenges for SfM"

José María Martínez Montiel

Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain

"Real-time feature-based visual SLAM"

ORGANIZERS

PAPER SUBMISSIONS & PROCEEDINGS

All submissions will be handled electronically via the CMT conference submission website: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/50SFM2024 

All authors must agree to the policies stipulated below. Papers must be registered in CMT by the paper registration deadline.

All papers will be reviewed by at least two reviewers with double-blind peer-review policy. 

TECHNICAL PROGRAM

The 50SFM workshop will be conducted for half-day and will consist of a series of invited presentations, technical sessions, posters and a panel discussion. We envision a dynamic and interactive event that encourages active participation and engagement from attendees.

More details will come soon.

POLICIES

50SFM workshop follows the general ECCV 2024 submission policies. ECCV 2024 uses the Springer Nature Code of Conduct for Book Authors as the basis for many of the policies. We therefore urge you to familiarize yourself with these guidelines before preparing and submitting your work to ECCV 2024.

In submitting a manuscript to ECCV, the authors acknowledge that no paper substantially similar in content has been or will be submitted to another conference or workshop during the review period. Please refer to the Submission Policies on the conference web site for additional details on dual submissions and guidelines concerning prior work.

By submitting a paper to ECCV, the authors agree to the review process and understand that papers are processed by CMT, TPMS (Toronto Paper Matching System), as well as OpenReview to match each manuscript to the best possible area chairs and reviewers. Moreover, the authors agree that papers will be checked for plagiarism using iThenticate.

The authors should be aware that each accepted paper is expected to be presented at ECCV in-person by an author (or an authorized delegate).

All accepted papers will be made publicly available by Springer and/or the European Computer Vision Association (ECVA) no earlier than four weeks before the conference. Authors wishing to submit a patent understand that the paper’s official public disclosure is four weeks before the conference or whenever the authors make it publicly available, whichever is first. More information about ECVA is available at https://www.ecva.net/.