Generalized Image Acquisition and Analysis

Eikonal Rendering: Efficient Light Transport in Refractive Objects

We present a new method for real-time rendering of sophisticated lighting effects in and around refractive objects. It enables us to realistically display refractive objects with complex material properties, such as arbitrarily varying refraction index, inhomogeneous attenuation, as well as spatially-varying anisotropic scattering and reflectance properties. User-controlled changes of lighting positions only require a few seconds of update time. Our method is based on a set of ordinary differential equations derived from the eikonal equation, the main postulate of geometric optics. This set of equations allows for fast casting of bent light rays with the complexity of a particle tracer. Based on this concept, we also propose an efficient light propagation technique using adaptive wavefront tracing. Efficient GPU implementations for our algorithmic concepts enable us to render visual effects that were previously not reproducible in this combination in real-time.

Teaching

winter term 2014/15

Lectures

winter term 2013/14

Advanced Display Technology
Ivo Ihrke, Pascal Picart

winter term 2012/13

Seminars

Parallel Visual Computing
Ivo Ihrke, Tobias Ritschel, Mario Fritz

summer term 2012

Lectures

Computational Photography
Ivo Ihrke
Universität des Saarlandes


winter term 2011/12

Seminars

summer term 2011

Lectures

Computational Photography
Ivo Ihrke
Universität des Saarlandes / JKU Linz
Hispos

winter term 2010/11

Seminars

Research Topics in Computational Photography (project-based seminar)
Ivo Ihrke

summer term 2010

Lectures

Computational Photography
Ivo Ihrke, Matthias Hullin
Universität des Saarlandes

winter term 2009/10

Seminars

Computational Photography and Videography
Ivo Ihrke, Christian Theobalt



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