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ECS 275A: Ray Tracing for Global Illumination (Fall 2011, UC Davis). Instructor: Professor Nelson Max.

This course covers techniques for realistic computer graphics rendering that consider global illumination, that is, light from light sources bouncing multiple times on object surfaces in the scene before illuminating the surface being shaded. The radiosity method is briefly discussed, but most of the course is spent on recursive stochastic ray tracing that uses Monte Carlo integration to estimate the multidimensional integrals involved in global illumination. Topics covered include direct and indirect illumination, penumbras from area light sources, anti-aliasing, irradiance caching, and bidirectional path tracing. These lectures are in conjunction with the textbook "Advanced Global Illumination," second edition by Philip Dutre, Philippe Bekaert and Kavita Bala.

Course Curriculum

  • Lecture 01 – Recursive Ray Tracing Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Intersecting Rays Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Radiant Flux, Radiance and Solid Angle Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Cook-Torrance BRDF Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Introduction to Discrete Probability Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Continuous Probability Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Sampling Random Variables Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Distributed Ray Tracing Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Phong Glossy Reflection Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Environmental Illumination Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Indirect illumination Recursion Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Signal Processing Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Anti-aliasing Filtering Strategies Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – “Backwards” Path Tracing Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Finite Element Method Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Progressive Radiosity Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Direct and Indirect Illumination Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Global Lines Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – Refraction Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Point-to-Polygon Form Factor Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Bidirectional Path Tracing Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – Photon Mapping Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – Extinction and Scattering Coefficient Unlimited
  • Lecture 25 – Ambient Occlusion Unlimited
  • Lecture 26 – Hierarchical Radiosity Unlimited
  • Lecture 27 – Fall 2011 Student Project Presentations Unlimited

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