Here are pointers to information about image mosaics.
Mosaics of Everyday Environments
Technical reports by Richard Szeliski
formerly of DEC Cambridge on creation of image mosaics.
See tech reports 94/1 and 94/2.
The latter is most recommended, because it discusses a number of interesting
uses for image mosaics;
the former is focused on the problem of image registration.
and Shum had a nice paper on Panoramic Image Mosaicing
at SIGGRAPH 97
by Paul Haeberli and Eyal Ofek on automatic registration.
Includes office interior example.
Quicktime VR and variations
has made cylindrical environment maps from panoramic image sets
and has used cylindrical stereo to generate
pictures from new viewpoints.
See his SIGGRAPH '95 paper (available on line).
of the University of Toronto
has created panoramic image mosaics from video sequences
shot with a
with examples of high resolution mosaics of
building exteriors and interiors, and seated people,
that discusses automatic registration of images that
differ by a projective mapping in order to create panoramic image mosaics,
other papers on related subjects.
Paul Heckbert's master's thesis,
Fundamentals of Texture Mapping and Image Warping,
is on the Web, but only in figure-less Postscript form and clumsy
TIFF form, so if you want the whole thing, you'd be best to
a printed copy of this.
If you only want selected sections,
an excerpt of pages 17-21
on projective mappings,
and you can
view the TIFF version
of pages 26-29 on panoramic image mosaics
(hint: to get page 29, ask for page 35).
article on image mosaicing,
based on Szeliski's algorithm.
Still image mosaics
from the futuristic and platitude-laden
National Information Display Laboratory.
Image mosaicing assignment
a robotics course
taught by Charles Dyer, U. of Wisconsin, Spring 1997
Image mosaicing software at Technion,
Israel Institute of Technology,
Craig Gotsman and others.
Painter/photographer David Hockney has done some great photocollages.
See "Pearblossom Highway"
and read about it
Kostas Terzidis created a
virtual reality world
inspired by that collage.
Reinier van Kleij's panoramic mosaics of
vacation in cuba,
Mosaics of Earth and Space
Image mosaic references not available on the Web
Of course, a lot of good work is not on the Web.
A good general reference on environment maps and panoramic images is:
Environment Mapping and Other Applications of World Projections,
IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications,
To create mosaics from synthetic images, or for a discussion of
high quality resampling filters,
Creating Raster Omnimax Images from Multiple Perspective Views
Using The Elliptical Weighted Average Filter,
Ned Greene and Paul Heckbert, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications,
June 1986, pp. 21-27.
15-869, Image-Based Modeling and Rendering
Paul Heckbert, Sept. 95, many links fixed Sept. 99