Generalized Image Acquisition and Analysis

Maximum Mipmaps for Fast, Accurate, and Scalable Dynamic Height Field Rendering

This paper presents a GPU-based, fast, and accurate dynamic height field rendering technique that scales well to large scale height fields. Current real-time rendering algorithms for dynamic height fields employ approximate ray-height field intersection methods, whereas accurate algorithms require pre-computation in the order of seconds to minutes and are thus not suitable for dynamic height field rendering. We alleviate this problem by using maximum mipmaps, a hierarchical data structure supporting accurate and efficient rendering while simultaneously lowering the pre-computation costs to negligible levels. Furthermore, maximum mipmaps allow for view-dependent level-of-detail rendering. In combination with hierarchical ray-stepping this results in an efficient intersection algorithm for large scale height fields.


Dynamic Display of BRDFs

Matthias Hullin, Ramesh Raskar, Hans-Peter Seidel, Hendrik P. A. Lensch, Ivo Ihrke
In: Proceedings of EUROGRAPHICS 2011.


This paper deals with the challenge of physically displaying reflectance, i.e., the appearance of a surface and its variation with the observer position and the illuminating environment. This is commonly described by the bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF). We provide a catalogue of criteria for the display of BRDFs, and sketch a few orthogonal approaches to solving the problem in an optically passive way. Our specific implementation is based on a liquid surface, on which we excite waves in order to achieve a varying degree of anisotropic roughness. The resulting probability density function of the surface normal is shown to follow a Gaussian distribution similar to most established BRDF models.
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AUTHOR = {Hullin, Matthias B. and Lensch, Hendrik P. A. and Raskar, Ramesh and Seidel, Hans-Peter and Ihrke, Ivo},
EDITOR = {Deussen, Oliver and Chen, Min},
TITLE = {Dynamic Display of {BRDFs}},
BOOKTITLE = {Computer Graphics Forum (Proc. EUROGRAPHICS)},
ORGANIZATION = {Eurographics},
PADDRESS = {Oxford, UK},
ADDRESS = {Llandudno, UK},
PUBLISHER = {Blackwell},
YEAR = {2011},
PAGES = {475--483},
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