A Variational Approach For Automatic Generation of Panoramic Maps

In: ACM Transactions on Graphics (Jan. 2009), 28:1(1-14)
 

Abstract

Panoramic maps combine the advantages of both ordinary geographic maps and terrestrial images. While inheriting the familiar perspective of terrestrial images, they provide a good overview and avoid occlusion of important geographical features. The designer achieves this by skillful choice and integration of several views in a single image. As important features on the surface must be carefully rearranged to guarantee their visibility, the manual design of panoramic maps requires many hours of tedious and painstaking work.

In this paper we take a variational approach to the design of panoramic maps. Starting from conventional elevation data and aerial images our method fully automatically computes panoramic maps from arbitrary viewpoints. It rearranges geographic structures to maximize the visibility of a specified set of features while minimizing the deformation the landscape's shape.

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Bibtex

@ARTICLE{degener-2009-a-variational,
    author = {Degener, Patrick and Klein, Reinhard},
     pages = {1--14},
     title = {A Variational Approach For Automatic Generation of Panoramic Maps},
   journal = {ACM Transactions on Graphics},
    volume = {28},
    number = {1},
      year = {2009},
     month = jan,
  abstract = {Panoramic maps combine the advantages of both ordinary geographic
              maps and terrestrial images. While inheriting the familiar perspective 
              of terrestrial images, they provide a good overview and avoid
              occlusion of important geographical features.
              The designer achieves this by skillful choice and integration of
              several views in a single image. As important features on the surface
              must be carefully rearranged to guarantee their visibility, the manual
              design of panoramic maps requires many hours of tedious and painstaking work.
              
              In this paper we take a variational approach to the design of panoramic
              maps. Starting from conventional elevation data and aerial images 
              our method fully automatically computes panoramic maps from arbitrary
              viewpoints. It rearranges geographic structures to maximize the 
              visibility of a specified set of features while minimizing the 
              deformation the landscape's shape.},
      issn = {0730-0301}
}