Image Synthesis Techniques (CS 348B)

This page contains lecture slides, videos, and recommended readings for the Spring 2021 offering of CS 348B.

Lecture 1: The Goals of Rendering

A Framework for Realistic Image Synthesis,
by Don Greenberg.

Lecture 2: Ray Tracing Basics

*Physically Based Rendering*, Chapters 1-3. (Sections 2.9, 3.7, 3.8, and 3.9 are optional.)

An Improved Illumination Model for Shaded Display,
Turner Whitted, CACM 1980.

Optional:

Fast, minimum storage ray-triangle intersection,
Möller and Trumbore, jgt 1997.

Watertight Ray/Triangle Intersection,
Woop et al., jcgt 2(1).

References:

*An Introduction to Ray Tracing*, Andrew Glassner, ed., Academic Press 1990.

*Realistic Ray Tracing*, Shirley and Morley, AK Peters 2003.

Essential Ray Tracing Algorithms, Eric Haines,
In Glassner,

*An Introduction to Ray Tracing*, pp. 33-78.
A Survey of Ray-Surface Intersection Algorithms, Pat Hanrahan,
In Glassner,

*An Introduction to Ray Tracing*, pp. 79-120.
Lecture 3: Ray Tracing Intersection Acceleration

*Physically Based Rendering*, Chapter 4.

Lecture 4: Radiometry and Photometry

Lecture 5: The Light Field

*No Readings*

Lecture 6: Monte Carlo Integration

*Physically Based Rendering*, Chapter 13 (skip 13.4 and 13.7) and Section 14.2 (Sampling Light Sources)

Introduction to Monte Carlo Integration, Eric Veach, CS448 Lecture 6 Notes, 1997.

Sampling Random Variables, Eric Veach, CS448 Lecture 7 Notes, 1997.

Lecture 7: Camera Simulation

*Physically Based Rendering*, Chapter 6

A Realistic Camera Model for Computer Graphics, Kolb et al., SIGGRAPH 1995.

Lecture 8: Sampling and Reconstruction

*Physically Based Rendering*, Sections 7.1, 7.2, 7.8, and 7.9

Lecture 9: Monte Carlo II: Variance Reduction Techniques

*Physically Based Rendering*, Section 7.3

Variance Reduction I, Eric Veach, CS448 Lecture 8 Notes, 1997.

Variance Reduction II, Eric Veach, CS448 Lecture 9 Notes, 1997.

Lecture 10: Monte Carlo III: Low Discrepancy Sampling

*Physically Based Rendering*, Sections 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, and 7.7.

Lecture 11: Reflection Models I: BRDFs and Idealized Materials

*Physically Based Rendering*, Sections 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, and Chapter 9

Optional:

Geometrical considerations and nomenclature for reflectance, Nicodemus et al.

Lecture 12: Reflection Models II: Glossy Materials

*Physically Based Rendering*, Sections 8.4 and 8.5 (8.6 optional).

Microfacet Models for Refraction Through Rough Surfaces, Walter et al.

Optional:

Models of light reflection for computer synthesized pictures,
J. Blinn,
SIGGRAPH 77, pp. 192-198.

A reflectance model for computer graphics,
R. Cook and K. Torrance,
SIGGRAPH 81, pp. 307-316, 1981.

Theory for the off-specular reflection from roughened surfaces,
K. Torrance and E. Sparrow,
J. of the Optical Society of America, Vol 57, No 9, pp. 1105-1144.

Lecture 13: Direct Illumination

*Physically Based Rendering*, Sections 14.1, 14.2, and 14.3

Lecture 14: Real-time Ray Tracing and Denoising

*No Readings*

Lecture 15: Global Illumination

*Physically Based Rendering*, Sections 13.7 (Russian Roulette), 14.4 (The Light Transport Equation), 14.5 (Path Tracing)

Lecture 16: Volume Rendering and Participating Media

*Physically Based Rendering*, Chapter 11, and Chapter 15 (skip Sections 15.4 and 15.5)

Lecture 17: Bidirectional Techniques

*Physically Based Rendering*, Sections 16.1, 16.2, and 16.3

Lecture 18: Reflection Models 3: Anisotropic Materials and Subsurface Scattering

*Physically Based Rendering*, Sections 15.4 and 15.5

Optional:

*Physically Based Rendering*, Section 15.5

Light Scattering from Human Hair Fibers,
S. Marschner, et al.

The Implementation of a Hair Scattering Model, Matt Pharr.