Rectangling Stereographic Projection for Wide-Angle Image Visualization

Che-Han Chang, Min-Chun Hu, Wen-Huang Cheng, Yung-Yu Chuang; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2013, pp. 2824-2831


This paper proposes a new projection model for mapping a hemisphere to a plane. Such a model can be useful for viewing wide-angle images. Our model consists of two steps. In the first step, the hemisphere is projected onto a swung surface constructed by a circular profile and a rounded rectangular trajectory. The second step maps the projected image on the swung surface onto the image plane through the perspective projection. We also propose a method for automatically determining proper parameters for the projection model based on image content. The proposed model has several advantages. It is simple, efficient and easy to control. Most importantly, it makes a better compromise between distortion minimization and line preserving than popular projection models, such as stereographic and Pannini projections. Experiments and analysis demonstrate the effectiveness of our model.

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author = {Chang, Che-Han and Hu, Min-Chun and Cheng, Wen-Huang and Chuang, Yung-Yu},
title = {Rectangling Stereographic Projection for Wide-Angle Image Visualization},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {December},
year = {2013}