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Microsoft AutoCollage 2008 (Tapestry)

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.

Source:→ Softpedia

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