A surface reconstruction and image enhancement non-linear finite element technique based on minimization of L1 norm of the total variation of the gradient is introduced. Since minimization in the L1 norm is computationally expensive, we seek to improve the performance of this algorithm in two fronts: first, local L1- minimization, which allows parallel implementation; second, application of the Augmented Lagrangian method to solve the minimization problem. We show that local solution of the minimization problem is feasible. Furthermore, the Augmented Lagrangian method can successfully be used to solve the L1 minimization problem. This result is expected to be useful for improving algorithms computing digital elevation maps for natural and urban terrain, fitting surfaces to point-cloud data, and image super-resolution.
- Amato, Nancy Professor - Term Appointment