When we announced PCL-TOCS just a few weeks ago, we had no idea about the amazing level of interest that we would get from the community. After much deliberation, we realized that while we would like to accept more than half of the submissions, we would have to make a decision and select two for this first PCL code sprint. It is therefore our pleasure to announce the official start and the candidates that will be working on TOCS for the next 3 months:
- Alexandru-Eugen Ichim, from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, working on surface reconstruction and point cloud smoothing. Alex was one of our best GSOC 2011 students (you can check some of his work at the GSOC blogging web site).
- Maurice Fallon and Hordur Johannsson, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, working on real-time global point cloud localization. You might have seen bits and pieces of their work already in a previous news entry.
We would like to thank all the other candidates for their excellent proposals! We already started following up with each of them individually, as this code sprint is just the beginning, and there's many more exciting sprints and events to come!
[Note: the new blogging page for TOCS will be up within the next few days at http://pointclouds.org/blog/tocs/.]