Computer Graphics

Computer graphics is divided into three main areas: 3D modelling, animation, and rendering. Interesting projects with modelling include procedural generation of content for applications such as entertainment, architecture or archeology. This overlaps with possible projects in visualisation, and questions in human perception. Current research topics in animation involve how to model motion to avoid perceptual anomalies such as the 'uncanny valley' effect. Perceptually realistic rendering requires accurate simulation of the physical properties of materials and the behaviour of light. As realistic computer graphics imagery is computationally expensive interesting topics include local reflection models, global light transport, and the whole realistic image synthesis pipeline through to image display. Research in computer graphics has great potential to benefit from, and contribute to, research in perception. The human observer does not use all the information computed in the scene. By removing perceptually unnecessary details we can explore how to reduce overhead in rendering algorithms. In order to make this improvement we must increase our understanding of models of human visual perception. We validate this approach using psychophysical experiments, objective difference metrics, and eye tracking technology. Pervasive eye tracking technology enables novel input modalities in many applications. One area of research is the impact on the next generation of digital applications, measuring its viability in comparison to traditional input devices, while other areas include accessibility for disabled users, and fusion with other input modalities.

The Computer Graphics group was formed on the 30th of September 2011.

Thematic Focus

  • Computer Graphics
    • Modelling
    • Real-time and Offline Rendering
    • Animation

Research Interests

  • Game Graphics Algorithms
  • Graphics Engine Technology
  • Emerging Interaction Technology
  • Visual Computing
  • Experimental Design and Evaluation
  • VR and Virtual Environments
  • Visualisation Techniques
  • Simulation Models

Contact person: Veronica Sundstedt

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