The Leading Edge of GigaPixel Imaging
Welcome to the Future of Imaging!
This signature CCAT event will focus on new technologies for producing electronic images that contain billions of pixels and can be studied interactively in great detail. Geologists, primatologists, paleontologists, ecologists, and other scientists will use gigapixel imagery to further advance global interdisciplinary collaborative and innovative research.
GigaPan, a combination of a robotic camera mount and a software package, was developed by keynote speaker Illah Nourbakhsh's CREATE Lab and the NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group, with support from Google. The system can take hundreds of photos of a given scene and then electronically stitch the photos into a seamless panorama. Users share these images at the GigaPan website, www.gigapan.org, and Google Earth features a GigaPan layer. Nourbakhsh will discuss how this new imagery can be leveraged to make scientific discoveries.
About our speakers
Illah R. Nourbakhsh is an Associate Professor of Robotics and head of the Robotics Masters Program in The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University in 1996, and has leveraged that knowledge in various different positions, including Robotics Group lead at the NASA/Ames Research Center, co-founder of the Toy Robots Initiative at The Robotics Institute, director of the Center for Innovative Robotics, and director of the Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment (CREATE) lab. He is also co-PI of the Global Connection Project, home of the Gigapan project. At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he was a member of the New Millenium Rapid Prototyping Team for the design of autonomous spacecraft. He is a founder and chief scientist of Blue Pumpkin Software, Inc.
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