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.


Advanced Display Technology

Lecture in winter term 2013/14

Lecturers: Ivo Ihrke, Pascal Picart

General Information

Course webpage - Libres Savoirs

When: 2014, Jan. 08th to 2014, Feb. 5th
Where: IOA/IOGS buiding room E200
Registration for mailing list: send email to Ivo Ihrke (firstname[dot]lastname[at]


In the first part, this lecture covers advanced display technology such as projector arrays, projection onto non-planar surfaces, field-of-view extension, depth-of-field extension, dynamic range extension, and 3D display technology, focussing on glasses-free techniques. In the second part, we will discuss holographic techniques, recording principles, noise issues (speckle), and computational aspects for Computer Generated Holography.

The tentative course schedule is

Wednesday 08.01.2014, 8am Introduction and Field of View Extensions / Projector Arrays / Depth-of-Field (II) [pdf]
Wednesday 15.01.2014, 8am High Dynamic Range, Light-Sensitive Displays, 3D Display Overview (II) [pdf]
Wednesday 22.01.2014, 8am 3D Display Technology (II) [pdf]
Monday 03.02.2014, 8am Introduction Holography (PP) [pdf]
Monday 03.02.2014, 10am Speckles (PP) [pdf]
Tuesday 04.02.2014, 10am Diffraction and its Numerical Computation (PP) [pdf]
Tuesday 04.02.2014, 10am Computer Generated Holography (PP) [pdf]

Q: Could you provide the bibliography on the holographic part of the course ?
A: Yes: [pdf]

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