Hi! I'm Rick Szeliski, one of the co-inventors of the Photo Tourism work that led to the creation of Photosynth (see http://research.microsoft.com/IVM/PhotoTours/ for more details).
I love to travel and take photographs, which is what first inspired me to create the kind of immersive 3D photo-based experiences you can see on Photosynth. (I've also been doing research in 3D computer vision and image-based rendering for over two decades.)
I hope you enjoy some of my personal synths.