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Author Topic: Where do I begin?

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Where do I begin?
on: 2014/12/23 14:04

Good day all,

I'm a final year undergraduate student who decided to take up this area for my final year project. I start in January officially, and I am quite excited. Computer vision has always excited me, and I've worked with quite a few projects. But Plenoptic vision seems incredibly interesting, and so I purchased a lytro recently.

Thing is, from the technical perspective, I'd like to know where to start learning the theory. I am aware of a MATLAB toolbox released by University of Sydney. ( But, I want to know what kind of research papers or reading material I can read up on this? Do I need to be familiar with the physics of optics? (I understand signal processing, but not physics specific concepts)

Basically, I need a headstart, where can I begin ;)

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Re: Where do I begin?
on: 2015/03/10 15:12


I am in the same situation as you. I am also a undergraduate final year student and choosing this as my topic. Do you mind messaging me your email address that I can reach you at?

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Re: Where do I begin?
on: 2015/10/12 23:56

Hey guys,

Thing is, from the technical perspective, I'd like to know where to start learning the theory.

You could start by taking a look at this paper:
It sums up all the important aspects of the first Lytro prototype and links other relevant sources.

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Re: Where do I begin?
on: 2016/04/18 09:56

Hi guys,

I know it's a bit late but I found one paper that might help you (or someone else):
It is a great summary of what is the plenoptic camera and what you can do with it. It also provides a lot of important references. Here is the organization:

Section 2:
- The theory behind plenoptic function and light-field
- The ray-space representation
- How to capture the light-field

Section 3:
- Camera implementations (from historical view point)
- Depth with a spatial and a Fourier analysis of the image formation process

Section 4:
- Light field to the Wigner–Ville distribution
- The image formation process using Fourier optics

Section 5:
- Recent advances in light-field photography (particularly in optical and digital superresolution)

I hope this help. Have fun ;)

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