Many past and present members of the VCL trekked to Los Angeles, CA for SIGGRAPH last week to learn about cutting-edge research and industry practices. Some VCL members also presented their recent work to the graphics community, particularly in the realm of rendering participating media such as fog, smoke, and clouds.
A staggering six papers affiliated with the VCL were presented at the Eurographics Symposium on Rendering in Strasbourg, France last week. All bore the name of VCL Director Wojciech Jarosz, who co-presented his work “Orthogonal array sampling for Monte Carlo rendering” with advisee and recent Bachelor’s graduate Afnan Enayet. In addition, VCL PhD student Kate Salesin presented her work “Combining point and line samples for direct illumination” and past VCL postdoc Gurprit Singh presented his work “Fourier analysis of correlated Monte Carlo importance sampling” at the conference.
Two new studies continue a long thread of research from the VCL on estimating how light bounces around light-scattering environments such as smoke or fog. The results will be presented at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles this summer.
Members of the VCL spent this past Saturday illuminating the magical world of computer graphics to some of the community’s younger folk. The event was a Dartmouth community outreach program called Science Day, where graduate students across campus teach kids about their area of research and lead simple hands-on activities.
VCL student Neerja Thakkar ‘19 was one of six Dartmouth students awarded a government-funded Fulbright scholarship for the coming year. Her senior thesis focused on “rendering synthetic data for deep learning and computer vision tasks.” After graduation, she plans to travel abroad to Spain and continue her research in the computational imaging lab at the Universidad de Zaragoza.
Past and present VCL members made the short trip to MIT in order to attend the New England Symposium on Graphics this April. VCL Director Wojciech Jarosz presented a talk titled “Towards Point-and-Shoot Rendering: Robust and Automatic Light Transport Algorithms for Humans and Machines.”
A new State of the Art report co-authored (among others) by past VCL member Gurprit Singh and VCL Director Wojciech Jarosz reviews a long thread of research on point sampling distributions for computer graphics.
As the snow thaws, the VCL welcomes the following new students to the lab. Several join us from around the globe!
VCL member Annie Dai successfully defended her master’s thesis, titled “Computational Fabrication – String Art.” Her thesis proposed a technique for creating realistic string art, a form of artwork where artists wind strings around pins, from a reference image.
CS Professor Wojciech Jarosz has received an NSF CAREER Award! The NSF Program “offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.”
A new study led by Gurprit Singh of Dartmouth’s Visual Computing Lab presents an in-depth exploration of sampling strategies commonly used to create computer-generated images. This research highlights some previously unknown strengths and weaknesses of those strategies, and proposes a few simple tricks to tame their weaknesses.
A new study co-authored by Visual Computing Lab Director Wojciech Jarosz builds on his previous work simulating how light is scattered, refracted, and reflected. Rather than assume the speed of light is infinite, as one usually would in computer graphics, this work incorporates the true speed of light in order to visualize how the light bounces around a scene filled with particles and surfaces.