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The Camera of the Future


Imaging with the Lippmann Sensor: The Plenoptic Camera as the Camera of the Future

Todor Georgiev
Senior Research Scientist, Adobe Systems

October 21, 2010
7:30pm, Doors open, drinks, snacks, Birds of a Feather, networking
8:00pm, Presentation

SC12, Main Auditorium,
3600 Juliette Lane
Santa Clara 95054
enter in front, but park accross the street

Recently we and others have gained deeper understanding of the fundamentals of the plenoptic camera and Lippmann sensor. As a result, we have developed new rendering approaches to improve resolution, remove artifacts, and render in real time. By capturing multiple modalities simultaneously, our camera captures images that are focusable after the fact and which can be displayed in multi view stereo. The camera can also be configured to capture HDR, polarization, multispectral color and other modalities. With superresolution techniques we can even render results that approach full sensor resolution. During our presentation we will demonstrate interactive real time rendering of 3D views with after the fact focusing.

Related technologies: Integral Photography, Light Field, Multi-Aperture Sensor, TOMBO, Panoptes.

Todor Georgiev is a senior research scientist at Adobe Systems, working closely with the Photoshop group. Having PhD in theoretical physics, he concentrates on applications of mathematical methods taken from physics to image processing, graphics, and vision. He is the author of the Healing Brush tool in Photoshop, the method better known as Poisson image editing. Currently he is working on a range of ideas related to plenoptic cameras and capture/manipulations of the radiance, that extend photography from 2D to 3D. He has a number of papers and patents in these areas.
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Co-author Andrew Lumsdaine received the PhD degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. He is presently a professor of computer science at Indiana University, where he is also the director of the Open Systems Laboratory. His research interests include computational science and engineering, parallel and distributed computing, mathematical software, numerical analysis, and radiance photography. He is a member of the IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society, the ACM, and SIAM. (


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