Automatic photo-to-terrain alignment for the annotation of mountain pictures


The researchers of the Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, in collaboration with Télécom ParisTech, finalized their work on automatic alignment that will be presented on the 21st of June at the prestigious CVPR conference. The goal of this method is to register arbitrary mountain pictures and movies from the internet into a Google-Earth-like 3D Model. Such a technique could be used by travelers to transform their pictures into a virtual and realistic 3D experience (like Google Streetview). In particular, the system could also be used to automatically highlight elements in the image, such as the travel path taken, names of mountains, or other landmarks. The work could further be used to augment the realism and level of detail of applications such as Google Earth by transferring the information from photo and movies directly onto the 3D model.

DOI: 10.1109/CVPR.2011.5995727
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@inproceedings{Baboud2011AutomaticPA, title={Automatic photo-to-terrain alignment for the annotation of mountain pictures}, author={Lionel Baboud and Martin Cad{\'i}k and Elmar Eisemann and Hans-Peter Seidel}, booktitle={CVPR}, year={2011} }