NeRS: Neural Reflectance Surfaces for Sparse-View 3D Reconstruction in the Wild

Jason Y. Zhang
Gengshan Yang
Shubham Tulsiani*
Deva Ramanan*

Carnegie Mellon University

Reconstructed cars from the Multiview Marketplace Cars dataset. Given several (8-16) unposed images of the same instance, NeRS outputs a textured 3D reconstruction along with the illumination parameters.

We demonstrate the generality of NeRS on assorted objects.


Recent history has seen a tremendous growth of work exploring implicit representations of geometry and radiance, popularized through Neural Radiance Fields (NeRF). Such works are fundamentally based on a (implicit) volumetric representation of occupancy, allowing them to model diverse scene structure including translucent objects and atmospheric obscurants. But because the vast majority of real-world scenes are composed of well-defined surfaces, we introduce a surface analog of such implicit models called Neural Reflectance Surfaces (NeRS). NeRS learns a neural shape representation of a closed surface that is diffeomorphic to a sphere, guaranteeing water-tight reconstructions. Even more importantly, surface parameterizations allow NeRS to learn (neural) bidirectional surface reflectance functions (BRDFs) that factorize view-dependent appearance into environmental illumination, diffuse color (albedo), and specular "shininess." Finally, rather than illustrating our results on synthetic scenes or controlled in-the-lab capture, we assemble a novel dataset of multiview images from online marketplaces for selling goods. Such "in-the-wild" multiview image sets pose a number of challenges, including a small number of views with unknown/rough camera estimates. We demonstrate that surface-based neural reconstructions enable learning from such data, outperforming volumetric neural rendering-based reconstructions. We hope that NeRS serves as a first step toward building scalable, high-quality libraries of real-world shape, materials, and illumination.


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NeRS: Neural Reflectance Surfaces for Sparse-View 3D Reconstruction in the Wild

Jason Y. Zhang, Gengshan Yang, Shubham Tulsiani*, and Deva Ramanan*
  title={{NeRS}: Neural Reflectance Surfaces for Sparse-view 3D Reconstruction in the Wild},
  author={Zhang, Jason Y. and Yang, Gengshan and Tulsiani, Shubham and Ramanan, Deva},
  booktitle={Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems},



Model overview figure


[Multi-view Marketplace Cars] (Coming Soon)


This work was supported in part by the NSF GFRP (Grant No. DGE1745016), Singapore DSTA, and CMU Argo AI Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research. Webpage template.