Addressing the world's more pressing issues such as environmental sustainability and cultural heritage preservation increasingly relies on diverse visual applications running on emerging platforms such as AR/VR headsets, autonomous machines, and smart sensor nodes. In real-time and using low power, visual computing systems must generate visual data for human to consume, immersively, or interpret visual data to provide personalized services, intelligently.
Today's computer systems and architecture are not ready for the visual computing on the horizon. We explore the road that might get us there. We advocate both horizontal innovation, by co-designing different domains that are conventionally designed and optimized in isolation (e.g., vision, imaging, graphics, video, optics), and vertical innovation, by rethinking the systems stack for 3D visual computing in point clouds.