A nonfrontal imaging camera

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This talk will describe a new approach to visual imaging called nonfrontal imaging. This has lead to the design of a new type of camera which has three salient characteristics: It can provide panoramic images of upto 360 degree views of a scene. Each object is in complete focus regardless of its location. The camera also delivers the coordinates of each focusable, visible scene point, in addition to and registered with a sharp image. The Nonfrontal Imaging Camera eliminates the need for mechanical adjustments required for focusing in the conventional technology. Panning, which is necessary to view different parts of the scene anyway, suffices as the sole mechanical action. This performance is achieved by exploiting a novel combination of optics and imaging geometry. The properties of the camera can be exploited in various ways to achieve novel functionalities. For example, the range estimates can be combined with the focused images to obtain stereo-viewable, focused, panoramic, 3D views of a scene using only one camera as the sensor. The talk will also review other results from our recent research in analysis, processing, synthesis and communication of video sequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationImage Analysis Applications and Computer Graphics - 3rd International Computer Science Conference ICSC 1995, Proceedings
EditorsRoland T. Chin, Ting-Chuen Pong, Avi C. Naiman, Horace H.S. Ip
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)9783540606970
StatePublished - 1995
Event3rd International Computer Science Conference, ICSC 1995 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: Dec 11 1995Dec 13 1995

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other3rd International Computer Science Conference, ICSC 1995
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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