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Picture Composition for a Robot Photographer

Michael Dixon, Cindy M. Grimm, and William D. Smart.
Technical report WUCSE-2003-52, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 2003.

We explain how to use simple composition rules to drive an automated, mobile photography system. The composition rules are used to determine both the location for a good photograph, and how to frame the photograph. We describe the composition component in the context of a larger application, a robotic photographer. The robot moves around an area with people in it, opportunistically looking for faces and taking photographs. We describe both how to find faces in the world and how to create "good" photographs of those faces.

Paper: [PDF]

@techreport{photographer-tr,
  author = {Dixon, Michael and Grimm, Cindy M. and Smart, William D.},
  title = {Picture Composition for a Robot Photographer},
  number = {{WUCSE-2003-52}},
  address = {St.~Louis, MO},
  institution = {Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Washington University in St.~Louis},
  year = {2003}
}