Generalized Image Acquisition and Analysis

Measuring BRDFs of Immersed Materials

We investigate the effect of immersing real-world materials into media of different refractive indices. We show, that only some materials follow the Fresnel-governed behaviour. In reality, many materials exhibit unexpected effects such as stronger localized highlights or a significant increase in the glossy reflection due to microgeometry. In this paper, we propose a new measurement technique that allows for measuring the BRDFs of materials that are immersed into different media.


Computational Plenoptic Imaging

Gordon Wetzstein, Ivo Ihrke, Douglas Lanman, Wolfgang Heidrich
Computer Graphics Forum 2011


The plenoptic function is a ray-based model for light that includes the color spectrum as well as spatial, temporal, and directional variation. Although digital light sensors have greatly evolved in the last years, one fundamental limitation remains: all standard CCD and CMOS sensors integrate over the dimensions of the plenoptic function as they convert photons into electrons; in the process, all visual information is irreversibly lost, except for a two-dimensional, spatially-varying subset - the common photograph. In this state of the art report, we review approaches that optically encode the dimensions of the plenpotic function transcending those captured by traditional photography and reconstruct the recorded information computationally.
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author = {Gordon Wetzstein, Ivo Ihrke, Douglas Lanman, and Wolfgang Heidrich},
title = {Computational Plenoptic Imaging},
journal = {Computer Graphics Forum},
volume = {30},
number = {8},
year = {2011},
pages = {2397--2426},
publisher = {Blackwell Publishing},
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