The following sections show a number of media entries for the PCL project, ranging from a visual history of the project to a list of research presentations given by various PCL developers. Please click on the title of each section to expand it.
PCL became a first-class citizen project in March 2011, when Radu B. Rusu, while working as a Research Scientist at Willow Garage, decided to create a separate standalone initiative for 3D point cloud processing and host it under pointclouds.org. Some of the first algorithms that form the foundation of PCL today have been developed independently by many research groups around the world, and have been slowly transitioned from publications into code by the PCL community. For example, three of our current PCL developers (Nico, Radu and Zoltan) have worked together under the supervision of Prof. Michael Beetz at TUM in Germany on multiple 3D topics between 2005-2010, which led to a good understanding on how a project like PCL should be structured later on.
The video shown on the right side of the screen presents the history of the svn.pointclouds.org code repository from March 2011 until December 2011. The code base is represented as a graph with edges that represent directories, and nodes that represent files. The icons jumping around from one part of the graph to another represent PCL developers. The colors of each node are just meant to represent the type of information stored (C++ source file, documentation, etc).
The video exhibits perfectly the collaborative nature of the project with almost continuous 24/7 changes and code commits. PCL's success draws precisely from this: assembling a pool of smart and creative international developers, that come together with complementary skills, ideologies, and different working schedules. :)
For more videos, please visit our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/pointclouds.
The following list of presentations describes certain aspects or modules in PCL, and have been assembled by former research interns at Willow Garage.
Last updated November 10, 2014
To facilitate the open testing of algorithms the PCL community recognizes the need for free to use data. As such a collection of open data sets can be found on the PCL SourceForge data repository, as well as the PCL GitHub data repository. The files in this repository are stored in the PCD format, which can be easily read using PCL tools.
In addition to the PCL repository there are many other data repositories containing free downloadable data (in various formats). The following is a list of such sites containing links to data that is free to use for educational work. We encourage everyone to please read each sites' licensing information for any data used and appropriately acknowledge the authors in any publications or derived work.
Aitor Aladrén Tudela, Alexander Velizhev, Carlos Rosales Gallegos, Dezhen Song, Ernesto Homar Teniente Avilés, François Pomerleau, Javier Gómez, Juan Andrade-Cetto, Marco Gabiccini, Martí Morta Garriga, Matthew Hielsberg, Robert Huitl, Yan Lu
Alexander Velizhev, François Pomerleau, Javier Gómez, Matthew Hielsberg
The following is a list of past and present events organized by the PCL development team.