1 Department of Computer Science, Science and Technology, Aarhus University2 Disney Research Zurich3 Saarland University4 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology5 Universite de Montreal6 Swansea University7 Department of Computer Science, Science and Technology, Aarhus University
Photon-density estimation techniques are a popular choice for simulating light transport in scenes with complicated geometry and materials. This class of algorithms can be used to accurately simulate inter-reflections, caustics, color bleeding, scattering in participating media, and subsurface scattering. Since its introduction, photon-density estimation has been significantly extended in computer graphics with the introduction of: specialized techniques that intelligently modify the positions or bandwidths to reduce visual error using a small number of photons, approaches that eliminate error completely in the limit, and methods that use higher-order samples and queries to reduce error in participating media. This two-part course explains how to implement all these latest advances in photon-density estimation. It begins with a short introduction using classical photon mapping, but the remainder of the course provides new, hands-on explanations of the latest developments in this area by experts in each technique. Attendees gain concrete and practical understanding of the latest developments in photon-density-estimation techniques that have not been presented before in SIGGRAPH courses.
Proceeding, Sa '13 Siggraph Asia 2013 Courses, 2013