[Bf-committers] GSoC 2013 - Motion Tracking

Joseph Mansfield sftrabbit at gmail.com
Thu Apr 25 12:31:59 CEST 2013


I am very interested in submitting a project proposal to help out with
improving and enhancing Blender as part of Google Summer of Code 2013. I
found out about GSoC last year but had unfortunately missed the application
deadline, so I'm happy to have another chance.

I am currently studying for a Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence
masters degree at the University of York in the UK. I am pretty
knowledgeable about C++, and I am pleased to be among the top users who
frequent under the C++ tag at Stack Overflow (
http://stackoverflow.com/users/150634/sftrabbit). I also have a fair bit of
experience with Python and Blender itself and an interest in areas such as
graphics, computer vision, and game development, so I feel that I'm well
suited to working on Blender. I have been looking for an opportunity to
contribute to open source software and this seems to be a great way to do

I have previous working experience from a yearlong industrial placement at
Philips Research Cambridge, where I worked on projects involving Android
development, GPS tracking, and web development.

Next year is the final year of my degree, and my dissertation will involve
computer vision and machine learning. The essence of it is that I will be
extracting depth information from 360 degree video to display on a virtual
reality headset. Because of this, I feel like the motion tracking
functionality of Blender would be a great area for me to work on to gain
more insight into computer vision.

I would be grateful for any advice anybody might have on choosing a
specific motion tracking project and submitting a proposal. I will be
familiarising myself with the existing functionality over the next few days.

Thanks for the opportunity,
Joseph Mansfield

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