Facebook has hired three Microsoft Research veterans to form a new computational photography research group at Facebook. They will be creating new tools and technologies that have in the past often been restricted to a specialist or required many hours of curation and bring that to the entire Facebook community.
- Michael Cohen was working for 21 years at Microsoft Research before Facebook.
- Rick Szeliski was working for 20 years at Microsoft. Recently, he was leading the Interactive Visual Media Group at Microsoft Research which develops products like Blink, ICE, Photosynth, HD View and more.
- Matt Uyttendaele was also in same team and his research resulted in apps including Hyperlapse, Photosynth, Blink, and ICE (Image Composite Editor) and product features in Windows, Bing, and Office.
IVM group is still at Microsoft Research developing state-of-the-art algorithms for digital photography and video. But it is sad to see Facebook hiring away all the veteran researchers.