Microsoft Live Labs aditional projects to deliver new experiences to the digital photographs is called “AutoCollage” (also referred to as tapestry), an automatic procedure designed to produce a collage out of a number of different images.
“Researchers from all disciplines and the Cambridge Incubation team worked together, building Digital Tapestry and AutoCollage research into a new product. Face detection, saliency filters, and other Microsoft research identifies interesting parts of pictures. Advanced object selection and blending technologies seamlessly combine these pieces into a beautiful new AutoCollage, revealed Miel Van Opstal, Microsoft Evangelist.
“This work makes several new contributions. Firstly, it shows how energy terms can be included that: encourage the selection of a representative set of images; that are sensitive to particular object classes; that encourage a spatially efficient and seamless layout. Secondly the resulting optimization poses a search problem that, on the face of it, is computationally infeasible. Rather than attempt an expensive, integrated optimization procedure, a sequence of optimization steps has been developed, from static ranking of images, through region of interest optimization, optimal packing by constraint satisfaction, and lastly graph-cut alpha-expansion,” Van Opstal added.