Panoramic Vision: Sensors, Theory, and Applications / Edition 1

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single snapshot from a conventional off-the-shelf camera. As a result , it has broad implications for commercial and web-based multimedia ap plications such as games, virtual reality, surveillance, and teleconfe rencing. This book is an edited collection of articles written by res earchers who have worked extensively in the area of panoramic vision. This is probably the first book that covers such a wide range of topic s in this exciting and promising area. More specifically, it features representative work in the design of panoramic image capturing systems , the theory involved in the imaging process, software techniques for creating panoramic images, and applications that use panoramic images. It also includes a historical perspective on panoramic imaging. The i ntended audience is anyone who wishes to become familiar with panorami c vision and its latest research work. The contents of this book will allow the reader to understand the more technical aspects of panoramic vision, such as sensor design and imaging techniques. Researchers and instructors will especially find this book useful.

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"I first congratulate the authors for the efforts they have done to explain with great detail and easy language such a complex argument as panoramic vision. … This book is a good ‘database’ of arguments on theoretical and practical aspects of panoramic vision. In fact, both algorithmic and implementation items are treated with great accuracy … . The book has been written by many authors yet the chapters present homogeneity and good coordination in exposing different arguments." (Nello Balossino, The Computer Journal, Vol. 45 (6), 2002)

"This book presents the rebirth of panoramic vision as it is applied to computer vision. It focuses on the creation and analysis of images with fields of view that are much greater than those obtained from typical cameras. … Overall, this is an informative and coherent reference text that provides details of current research in this field. It is suitable for researchers and professionals involved with computer vision, virtual reality, teleconferencing, imaging systems, and robotics." (The Industrial Robot, Vol. 29 (2), 2002)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387951119
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 5/25/2001
  • Series: Monographs in Computer Science Series
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 449
  • Product dimensions: 1.06 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

• A historical perspective on panorama
• Development of low-cost compact omnidirectional vision sensors
• Single viewpoint catadioptric cameras
• Epipolar Geometry of Central Panoramic Catadioptric Cameras
• Folded catadioptric cameras
• A Real-Time Panoramic Stereo Imaging System and its Applications
• Panoramic imaging with horizontal stereo
• Panoramic stereovision sensor
• Calibration of the stereovision panoramic sensor
• Matching linear stereoscopic images
• * Characterization of Errors in Compositing Cylindrical Panoramic Images
• Construction of panoramic image mosaics with global and local alignment
• Self-calibration of zooming cameras from a single viewpoint
• 360 x 360 mosaics: Regular and stereoscopic
• Mosaicing with strips on adaptive manifolds
• 3-D Environment Modeling from Multiple Cylindrical Panoramic Images
• N-ocular stereo for real-time human tracking
• Identifying and localizing robots with omnidirectional vision sensors
• Video representation and manipulations using mosaics

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