May 21, 2022

Facebook Research: “Bringing Still Photos to Life and 3D Photography to your Phone”

From the Facebook Research Blog:

Facebook researchers are transforming photography into entirely new consumer experiences–infusing still portraits with emotion and movement, and bringing 3D photography to the casual photographer. The Facebook team will present its latest research and also place the work into a broader context of the evolution of computer graphics and photography in the keynote address at SIGGRAPH Asia 2017 in Bangkok.


Facebook researchers Michael F. Cohen and Johannes Kopf, and Hadar Averbuch-Elor and Daniel Cohen-Or from Tel-Aviv University present their paper Bringing Portraits to Life, inspired by Harry Potter movies where images on the wall or the newspapers could spring to life and even react to the viewer.

The research presents a technique to automatically animate a still portrait so the subject in the photo comes to life and expresses various emotions.


Also being presented at SIGGRAPH Asia is the paper Casual 3D Photography by Peter Hedman, University College London and Facebook’s Suhib Alsisan, Richard Szeliski and Johannes Kopf which introduces technology to make 3D photography accessible to the masses.

Imagine if you could capture any place and digitally preserve it in a way that allows you or your friends to virtually immerse themselves in the scene and re-experience the sensation of being there. Now imagine this was nearly as easy as taking a picture today, using a phone or camera you already own. You could capture and share spaces you visit with your friends, so they feel more connected to you, or preserve your personally treasured places forever as digital memories.

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