Media Attention for University of Ottawa Image-Based Rendering Project

For my Master's research, I'm part of a research team of about 12 students and post-docs, as well as three professors at the University of Ottawa who are working on an NSERC Strategic Project entitled "High-quality acquisition and rendering of image-based models for tele-presence in remote environments." This project received some media attention over the past year, long before I got my site online, so I'm sharing it just a little late.

 

CBC Spark Interview

The project was featured in CBC Radio's program Spark. Meg Wilcox interviewed myself and several other members of the team about our work on the project. You can listen to the full interview (about 10 minutes) here. My portion is towards the end, and I talk about High Dynamic Range Imaging and the "So What?" of my work, i.e. what does it do for the end user.

 

Ottawa professors look to take Google's Street View to the next level

Back in June, the project was featured in the Ottawa Citizen, and several professors and a post-doc student from the project were interviewed. This was story also ran in the National Post and on Canada.com.

 

Floating Point Images in OpenCV

Working with Floating Point images in OpenCV can be tricky, especially if you've so far only worked with 8-bit (uchar) images. In this tutorial, I'll describe how to create a floating point image, how to access and modify it, and how to save it to or load it from disk.

 

There are many scenarios where we might wish to work with floating point pixel values. In my case, I'm working on High Dynamic Range Imaging which inherently deals with floats rather than integer values. A more common scenario is that you want to apply a series of operations to an image in a processing pipeline, and you'd like to maintain high precision throughout, then clamp the values at the end and round to integers. In that case you could take an 8-bit image at the beginning, convert it to 32-bit floats, perform all your operations on it, then convert back to 8-bit at the end so you only have one instance of integer rounding error.

 

simonsilk.com beta is here!

Well, my web site's finally online. Consider this a rough first draft for the next month or two. There will be more content soon. I am currently working on a Research page to give an outline of what I'm doing for my Master's research. I am also planning a blog section in which I'll write about various topics including my research, programming, and any other tech- and engineering-related blither blather that pops into my head. Thanks for stopping by, please check back soon!