Congratulations to Wathsala Widanagamaachchi, Paul Rosen, and Valerio Pascucci whose paper:
W. Widanagamaachchi, P. Rosen, V. Pascucci. "A Flexible Framework for Fusing Image Collections into Panoramas," In Proceedings of the 2013 SIBGRAPI Conference on Graphics, Patterns, and Images, Note: Awarded Best Paper., pp. (to appear). 2013.
won "Best Paper" at the 2013 SIBGRAPI Conference on Graphics, Patterns, and Images. Their paper presents a new approach for the construction of panoramas called "Ray Graphs". This framework allows users to create arbitrarily shaped panoramas. In addition, this framework also allows modification of panoramas to remove undesirable objects.