SoC 2008 application
Describe your organization
Why is your organization applying to participate in GSoC 2008? What do you hope to gain by participating?
Did your organization participate in past GSoCs? If so, please summarize your involvement and the successes and challenges of your participation.
If your organization has not previously participated in GSoC, have you applied in the past? If so, for what year(s)?
Who will your organization administrator be? Please include Google Account information.
What license(s) does your project use?
Both hugin, enblend/enfuse, panotools and matchpoint use GPL v2 or above.
What is the URL for your ideas page?
What is the main development mailing list or forum for your organization?
What is the main IRC channel for your organization?
We do not use IRC for communication. During GSoC 2007 we used Skype, but this is unlikely to happen again.
Does your organization have an application template you would like to see students use? If so, please provide it now.
Who will be your backup organization administrator? Please include Google Account information.
Yuval Levy is chosen to be backup admin. He did a perfect job as primary administrator during GSoC 2007.
Who will your mentors be? Please include Google Account information.
Pablo d'Angelo is the initiator and main developer of the hugin project. He has studied computer engineering at the University of applied sciences Ulm, and is currently working at the DaimlerChrysler Research Center in Ulm, where he does research on advanced 3D reconstruction techniques for industrial quality inspection. He is also working towards a PhD in the field of computer vision at the University of Bielefeld, which will likely be granted in Summer 2007.
Jim Watters is a Software Engineer at JFL Peripheral Solution, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where he designs software for scanners. An avid user of PanoTools since 2000. A growing contributer to the source code of PanoTools since Aug 2003 and a current maintainer of PanoTools (http://panotools.sourceforge.net). Before receiving his degree in Computer Software in 1999, he received a diploma of Fine Art in Photography in 1990.
Most recently his attention has been directed to creating Immersive Panoramic Video.
Daniel M German
He is assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, in Canada. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
One of his areas of research is open source software development. He is interested in understanding how globally distributed individuals are able to work together to create commercial strength software. He has also explored the use of historical artifacts (such as version control logs, emails, defect tracking) to understand how a system has evolved and how this information can be used to continue its development.
More recently he has been interested in the field of computational photography. More specifically on how to project extreme wide-angle images and spherical panoramas into acceptable flat representations.
During the last year he has been the maintainer of Panotools (http://panotools.sourceforge.net).
As a university professor one of his jobs is the supervision of students. He has graduated 6 Master's students, and currently supervising 3 Master's, and 1 Ph.D. Student. He has supervised more than a dozen honours projects of undergraduate students in computer science.
He is an avid photographer. His works have been exhibited in several galleries.
What criteria did you use to select these individuals as mentors? Please be as specific as possible.
This year we also have a steering comittee - a group of professianls in panorama making.
G. Donald Bain
G. Donald Bain manages the Geography Computing Facility at the University of California Berkeley, where he also teaches cartography and field studies. The rest of the time he devotes to VR.
Hi is a board member of IVRPA.
He travels and take panoramas for his web site: Don Bain's Virtual Guidebooks. This project (his wife refers to it as his obsession) has taken him from Tahiti to the Arctic, from the prehistoric ruins of the Southwest to the glaciers of the Canadian Rockies. As a compulsive educator it has been a real treat, documenting and sharing his landscapes with the world. He has taken over 4000 panoramas, with about 3500 currently on the site.
He co-founded the World Wide Panorama, the largest international collaborative effort showcasing over 3000 panoramas from VR-artists all over the world taken over 11 editions.