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It is always great to see a Google Summer of Code student blend well into the community. Fahim Mannan is such a student. Last spring, after he got selected for GSoC, I met him in Montréal, Canada, where he is currently enrolled in a Masters in Computer Science at McGill University. His area of interest are Computer Vision and Robotics.

Fahim is naturally reserved, but get him started talking about Computer Vision and you’ll see the sparks of passion in his eyes. You’ll hear a motivated and knowledgeable student who knows where he is going.

The Google Summer of Code is his first serious experience at contributing to Open Source, and it is turning out to be a good experience. Fahim summer project adds masking capabilities to Hugin’s GUI. He is quite independent and self-motivated, and can count on expert mentorship from Daniel M. German, a former libpano maintainer and regular community contributor. Fahim posts his progress reports on his project’s blog.

Even with student’s life and his own GSoC project, Fahim occasionally finds the time to chime in and help out in the community when his expert skills are needed.

Recently, a change introduced in the enblend-enfuse code disrupted the building process in Windows. Fahim was quick to provide a working solution.

The above panorama of our meeting is enfused and has a little bit of ghosting. Unfortunately the deghosting code that was written for hugin during last year’s Summer of Code is only applied to HDR stacks. When will it be ported as an option to enfuse? And when will we see code to extract multiple exposures from an HDR file and enfuse them together?

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