SoC2007 projects

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See SoC 2007 overview for usage hints and a page list.


The Google Summer of Code 2007 is officially over.

If you land here as a student looking for an internship opportunity, get ready in case there is a 2008 edition of this initiative:

  • join our community at hugin-ptx.
  • learn and understand panorama photography. Concepts like the pinhole camera, 3D projections, etc. You are on the right Wiki for that!
  • learn about our code. hugin panotools freepv
  • one of the best ways to join the community as a coder is to submit a patch - download the latest SVN code, make an improvement / bugfix and submit a patch to the maintainers.

If you land here as a person with software development skills and time to spare, we'd love to have you in our community as well. The steps are similar as for the students.

Panoramic imaging is a very broad field and touches many different areas of expertise, such as photography, computer vision, art and programming. There is a thriving community with experience from arts to science that provides many interesting ideas and explores new territory in panoramic imaging. In addition to the mentors, this open community will provide good support and innovative ideas.

Generally, all development should be done with multiple platforms in mind (at least Windows, OSX and Linux/Unix). We have an open communication culture via mailing-lists and mostly develop using C and C++.

The projects below are just suggestions. If you are an interested student and have questions or new ideas, please let us know on the developers discussion list panotools-devel.

Development style

Most of the projects below are related to Hugin, and some also relate to Panotools or tlalli. Hugin is mostly written in C++, and uses the VIGRA image processing library to support different types of images (for example, 8bit, 16bit and float (HDR) images). The core functionality is implemented in a platform independent C++ library, which is used by the GUI based on wxWidgets toolkit, and the command line programs (nona, fulla).

The development of the projects should take place in a separate branch of the projects CVS (or SVN) repository. Communication with the mentors should usually happen through the appropriate development mailing list. All code should work on the major platforms supported (Linux, OSX, Windows).

Possible Projects

Intuitive yet powerful GUI for panorama creation

Update: this was implemented as a major refactoring of the codebase, separating wxwidgets GUI from the backend code and available since Hugin 0.7.0

Project successfully completed. The new GUI framework is there and it is waiting for coders to write widgets (in Qt) and bring the functionality to the surface. [1]

Automatic feature detection for panoramic images

update: this has been successfully implemented as cpfind in the current Hugin codebase

Project successfully completed. Code is being further improved. Integration requires feature matching.

Automatic feature matching for panoramic images

update: this has been successfully implemented as cpfind in the current Hugin codebase update: this was completed in GSoC 2008, control point generators still need work

Goal: Robust and efficient matching of local image features.


  • Implementation of the matching step, including geometry based outlier pruning (for example using RANSAC) and nearest neighbour matching, possibly using a fast algorithm such as cover trees. For the panoramic imaging use case, several heuristics could be used to improve the matching behaviour, including using the EXIF timestamps, or previously known approximate orientation of the images.

Further details are being discussed in the separate SoC Feature Matching project page.

A desired result of the projects would be:

  • Standalone program for the feature matching part, which at the end should accept the features found by the automatic feature detection task. Preliminary studies can be done using the existing SIFT and SURF detector/descriptors.
  • Integration into hugin and a standalone executable similar to Autopano-sift or Autopano

Required knowledge or interest in:

  • signal or image processing background
  • C or C++ development skills.

Possibly useful resources and libraries:

Mentor: Pablo d'Angelo, ?

License: GPL

Interactive panoramic viewer

Update: the freepv panorama viewer was integrated into VLC in GSoC 2008

Project successfully completed. The code now supports also SPi-V panoramas. There are always advanced features that are not yet implemented and could be. If you have ideas of what you want to implement, and you have time to do it, contact us.

One idea is to turn freepv into a library and write a wrapper around it so that existing multi-media plugin can pass on to freepv qtvr and spi-v panoramas to display. this will avoid the current race condition, that either freepv or one of the existing multi-media plugins take over the content and so either VR or movies but not both can be displayed in the browser.

Improvement ideas:

  • Support for hotspots
  • Optimisation for panoramas larger than the Video RAM
  • Display of high dynamic range panoramas with adaptive exposure
  • Fallback software renderer

Required knowledge or interest in:

  • OpenGL or other 3D programming experience.
  • Creating cool and nice looking interactive experiences.

Mentor: Pablo d'Angelo, Fulvio Senore ?

Student: Leon Moctezuma

Project detail page

License: LGPL

Anti-ghosting HDR panorama blending and merging algorithm

Update: anti-ghosting for HDR was implemented in GSoC 2008 and anti-ghosting for enfuse was implemented in GSoC 2009. Deghosting for enfuse will be available in Hugin 2010.0.0

Project was successful and is being integrated in the next hugin release.

Processing of very large images

Project open.

Goal: Allow the creation of arbitrary large panoramas. [2]

Currently panotools, as well as hugin/nona require memory to hold the complete input and the remapped output image in memory, which consumes a lot of RAM, especially for spherical panoramas. VIPS is a powerful and modular image processing library that supports very large images and multiple processors natively. By porting the core remapping routines of panotools/hugin to VIPS, panoramas of almost arbitrary size can be computed.

A desired result of the projects would be:

  • VIPS operations that support the geometric and photometric (vignetting correction) transformations.
  • Standalone command line program that remaps images using these routines.
  • Program/script to convert panotools scripts to nip2 projects.

Required knowledge or interest in:

  • C/C++ programming
  • image processing

Mentor: John Cupitt, Pablo d'Angelo

License: GPL

Architectural Overhaul of Panotools

Some of this has been done in the GUI framework project.

Panotools is a very monolithic application. The goal of this project is to refactor the functionality of panotools into 4 main parts, as independent of each other as possible. These parts are (at least):

  • Calculation of position of images (optimization)
  • Mapping from input images to output images
  • Projection related computations
  • Parsing of input scripts/Generation of input scripts

Were this project successful the functionality of panotools will be available as a collection of routines that be called directly (as opposed to the current model that requires the creation and parsing of a script). It will make it easier to replace one component of panotools with another one; and it will improve the future maintenance of panotools.

Details to be discussed on the separate page.

A desired result of the projects would be:

  • Set of functions/classes that are available to hugin to perform optimization and remapping of images
  • Test suite to verify that the functionality before and after is equivalent.

Required knowledge or interest in:

  • C/C++ programming
  • Knowledge of Numerical methods
  • Basic knowledge of image processing

Mentor: D.M. German

License: GPL


Update: the Hugin Batch Processor was implemented in GSoC 2008 and has been available since Hugin 0.8.0

A batch creator-project manager for batch creating projects, optimizing, managing groups of projects, names outputs, indipendently invoke the software parts and feed scripts.

All the software is based on advanced find-replace in text files, generation of script files, but needs an user-friendly GUI, the main investment in the coding I suppose.


  • ability to translate projects between the various gui.
  • To search projects in subfolders
  • to keep history of all operations, with undos ability.

batch building projects

  • creates projects basing on the subfolder of a main folders, creates CPs and optimizes.
  • Default name schemes customizable for result images and projects. As well as project folder-locations
  • Template application (selection in base of image number, or exif)
  • Customizable CP finder and refinery
  • Customizable optimizer
  • report with result and-or creation of a little test image
  • capable of hugin-ptgui-whatever panorama project format.

project manager, you have a table of all your project, with ability to change, one by one or in group, and without opening them

  • relative and absolute paths for images, changing the full path or a part of it, allowing HD migrations even if projects are foldered in creative ways.
  • Path for output image
  • output image type, resolution, layers.
  • Involved software and modificators.
  • 16 bit workflow warnings

Batch stitching

  • ability of batch processing stitch operations, or to invoke the specific software and feed its batch

Ability to stitch panovideos: Given a template with the (n) of images involved and (n) folders, containing (m) png images extracted from the (n) streams to stitch together. Invoke itself the softwares, and cycles the batch to build (m) images in a new folder.

Support for HDR or ADR workflows, always template based. i.e. Given 3 set of 4 fisheye images and the corresponding template, it generates the main project, optimizes images together, and THEN, render 3images (a,b,c) involving images 0,3,6,9 (a) 1,4,7,10) (b) (2,5,8,11) (c)

See Panotools::Script for a perl approach to this. Note that the PanoTools script format is is a bit hard to understand, there is a proposal in the SoC2007 project Panotools Architecture to replace it with a more workable XML file format, so work should concentrate on the workflow aspects instead of another panotools script parser.

Proposal: Luca Vascon

Mentor: Yuval Levy

Licence: GPL

Student: Zoran Mesec

PTButcher proposal

PtPatcher, module for Interactive panoramic viewer

Was: PTeditor2.

Note: This functionality is available via panoglview and pafextract

The basic need would be to have it integrated in photoshop and Gimp, with a simple “paint on this side” interface. 16Bit workflow needed, as multiple input-output filetype. See also skypaint for inspiration interface and capabilities.

There is a lot of overlap here with SoC2007 Interactive Panorama Viewer. Note that the viewer simply needs to fork and pass the current filename, pitch, yaw and Field of View to an external script which can handle the extraction, editing and reinsertion - The viewer itself doesn't need to be involved with any image processing.

- If this should be a photoshop plugin it would be a possibility to interact with the Adjust (or PTAdjust) plugin, which can do the extraction and insertion within photoshop (might be possible for the Gimp, too. See Panorama Tools Plugins#Adjust for details.--Erik Krause 23:55, 23 March 2007 (CET)

The viewer should allow to save a fileproject in order to allow:

  • unlimited close and reopen of the viewer
  • multiple interventions and extractions with only one final reinsertion, in order not to loose quality
  • working in parallel with multiple images
  • batchable alone or with PTButcher, in order to extraxct all nadirs and/or zeniths, with given view angle 'XxY' of panos in a folder and then reinsert them all.

Proposal: Luca Vascon


Do we incorporate this with the viewer?

Licence: GPL