"Cinematic Virtual Reality: Creating Immersive Visual Experiences"

Haricharan Lakshman, Visiting Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

October 8th (Thursday), 2:00pm
Harold Frank Hall (HFH), Room 4164

Historically, virtual reality (VR) with head-mounted displays is associated with gaming applications and computer-generated content. However, the ability to show wide field of view content to a user can be used to provide immersive visual experiences involving real-world scenes as well. We refer to such applications as Cinematic VR. In this talk, we will present our recent research contributions in postproduction, compression, and display of omnidirectional stereoscopic videos for Cinematic VR. We will also show a method to evaluate the impact of various image processing stages on the end-to-end quality of the VR system. We are currently at the confluence of various tech trends in capture devices (e.g., Google Jump, Jaunt NEO, Nokia OZO) and displays (e.g., Oculus Rift, Gear VR) where such immersive experiences may become realizable in the near future.

About Haricharan Lakshman:

photo of Haricharan Lakshman Haricharan Lakshman is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering department at Stanford University. His research interests are broadly in Multimedia and Signal Processing, with specific applications in coding, retrieval, and immersive systems. He obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. During his PhD, he worked as a Researcher in Fraunhofer HHI, Berlin, from 2008-2013. Between 2011-2012, he was a Visiting Researcher at Stanford. He obtained his M.S. from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and his B.E. from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, India. He was awarded the IEEE Communications Society MMTC Best Journal Paper award in 2013, and was a finalist for the IEEE ICIP Best Student Paper award in 2010 and 2012.

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