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I'm a retired software and systems engineer who worked in cancer research, medical imaging and chip design. I got hooked on panoramic photography in 2004, when I converted a document scanner into a rotating digital slit camera. Eventually built 5 of those; but finally realized I could only get the pictures I wanted by using a DSLR and stitching software. Got into developing open source panography software (Hugin, libpano) around 2008.
My current interest is exploring new ways to control wide angle photographic perspective, made possible by using software instead of lenses. The results are embodied in my programs Panini (free, open source; http://sourceforge.net/projects/pvqt/) and Panini-Pro (commercial; http://panini-pro.com).