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TNCG15 Advanced Global Illumination and Rendering, 6 ECTS credits.
/Advanced Global Illumination and Rendering/

For:   ACG   D   IT   MT  


Prel. scheduled hours:
Rec. self-study hours: 160

  Area of Education: Technology

Main field of studies: Media Technology

  Advancement level (G1, G2, A): A

This course will explore topics in computer graphics image synthesis in considerable depth. The focus of the course will be on global illumination, the simulation of indirect illumination in 3-dimensional scenes consisting of dull (diffuse) surfaces, and shiny (specular) surfaces, and foggy transparent volumes.

Prerequisites: (valid for students admitted to programmes within which the course is offered)
Computer graphics, 3D Computer Graphics and Animation

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshhold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Background lectures, followed by student research paper presentations, followed by project work.

Course contents:
The course will include the following topic areas: optics and light, ray tracing and radiosity algorithms, Monte Carlo sampling and integration,general strategy for solving the rendering equation, stochastic path tracing, introduction to finite element methods, matrix and progressive radiosity, mesh generation for radiosity, complex scenes, clustering, photon mapping and caustics, perception and display, trends and future research. The learning outcomes for the course are:
  • Ability to analyse and criticise a scientific paper
  • Present a scientific work
  • Implement an algorithm in Global Illumination
  • Differentiate between various forms of Global Illumination algorithms

Course literature:
"Photon Mapping" by Jensen,"Advanced Global Illumination" by Dutre or "Physically Based Rendering: From Theory to Implementation" by Pharr and Humphreys.

Project work with oral and written presentation.
Evaluation of the course will be in the form of an assessment of an oral presentation by the students in the middle of the period. A software project will also form a part of the course and this project, together with the project report, will be graded.

Course language is English.
Department offering the course: ITN.
Director of Studies: Kenneth Bjerner
Examiner: Mark Dieckmann
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Last updated: 04/28/2010