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# Advanced Graphics

**Principal lecturers:** Dr Rafal Mantiuk, Dr Alex Benton**Taken by:** Part II**Past exam questions**

No. of lectures: 16

Suggested hours of supervisions: 4

Prerequisite course: Computer Graphics and Image Processing

## Aims

This course provides students with a solid grounding in the main three-dimensional modelling and rendering mechanisms. It also introduces supporting topics, including graphics cards, mobile graphics, animation, high dynamic range imaging and computational photography.

## Lectures

The order of delivery of lectures is provisional and subject to change.

**Graphics hardware.**Programmable graphics pipeline, OpenGL and GLSL. [2 lectures]**Ray tracing.**The fundamentals of raycasting, ray-object intersection, acceleration data structures, supersampling, texture mapping. [2 lectures]**Computational geometry.**Subdivision surfaces; tessellation; normal at the vertex; skinning, surface reconstruction, surface simplification, isosurfaces. [2 lectures]**Global illumination.**Radiosity; path tracing; photon mapping; ambient occlusion. [1 lecture]**Animation.**Key-frames; rigging and skinning; physics-based animation; particle systems. [1 lecture]**GPGPU**Introduction to OpenCL. [1 lecture]**Light, colour, and dynamic range.**Color vision; CIE XYZ; chromatic adaptation; photometric units; gamma correction; high dynamic range vs. standard dynamic range; scotopic & photopic vision. [1 lecture]**Reflection models**. Diffuse, translucent and layered materials; microfacets; BRDF, BSSRDF, BTDF, SVBRDF; BRDF models; subsurface scattering; (SV)-BRDF acquisition. [1 lecture]**Advanced image processing.**Multi-scale processing; gradient-based methods. [1 lecture]**Tone-mapping.**Forward and inverse display model; glare and blooming; arithmetic of HDR images; major approaches to tone-mapping. [2 lectures]**Applied visual perception.**Detection & discrimination; t.v.i. & CSF; simulation of night vision. [1 lecture]**Selected topics of computational photography.**HDR capture; light fields. [1 lecture]

## Objectives

On completing the course, students should be able to

- program custom vertex and fragment processing with GLSL;
- create parallelized code using a GPGPU framework (OpenCL);
- describe the underlying theory of subdivision and define the Catmull-Clark and Doo-Sabin subdivision methods;
- understand the core technologies of ray tracing, computational geometry, implicit surfaces, and particle systems;
- understand several global illumination technologies such as radiosity, path tracing, photon mapping, ambient occlusion, and be able to discuss each in detail;
- discuss and contrast different reflection models;
- choose the right animation technique for a given problem and discuss it;
- describe current graphics technology and discuss future possibilities;
- differentiate between different measures of light and colour, know which measure to apply to a particular problem;
- choose a tone-mapping algorithm for a given rendering problem;
- demonstrate how selected image processing problems can be solved either using multi-scale representation or in the gradient domain;
- explain how the limitations of the visual system can be utilized in practical problems in graphics and imaging applications;
- explain the concept of light fields and give examples of light field rendering.

## Recommended reading

Students should expect to refer to one or more of these books, but
should not find it necessary to purchase any of them.

* Shirley, P. & Marschner, S. (2009). *Fundamentals of Computer Graphics*. CRC Press (3rd ed.).

Slater, M., Steed, A. & Chrysanthou, Y. (2002). *Computer graphics and virtual environments: from realism to real-time*. Addison-Wesley.

Watt, A. (1999). *3D Computer graphics*. Addison-Wesley (3rd ed).

Rogers, D.F. & Adams, J.A. (1990). *Mathematical elements for computer graphics*. McGraw-Hill (2nd ed.).

Boreskov, A. & Shikin, E. (2013). *Computer Graphics: From Pixels to Programmable Graphics Hardware*. CRC Press.

Reinhard, E., Heidrich, W., Debevec, P., Pattanaik, S. , Ward, G. & Myszkowski, K. (2010). *High Dynamic Range Imaging: Acquisition, Display, and Image-Based Lighting*, 2nd edition. Morgan Kaufmann.