We predict the appearance of materials from their physical microstructure

The appearance of a material is largely determined by the microstructure of its surface and the particles beneath its surface. We construct mathematical models for predicting material appearance based on surface properties and particle content. We also investigate the challenges of fast and accurate rendering of material appearance. The goal is to interactively compute realistic images of real-world materials.

About the project

Modeling and rendering of material appearance is highly challenging due to the nontrivial physical composition of most materials and due to the complex nature of light. We need mathematical models at a scale macroscopic enough to describe light-material interaction useful for graphical rendering of a scene, but we also need the complexity to be high enough to produce realistic images. This project is all about striking the right balance.


Modeling the Anisotropic Reflectance of a Surface with Microstructure Engineered to Obtain Visible Contrast after Rotation [2017]

A. Luongo, V. Falster, M. B. Doest, D. Li, F. Regi, Y. Zhang, G. Tosello, J. B. Nielsen, H. Aanæs, J. R. Frisvad
Proceedings of International Conference on Computer Vision Workshop (ICCVW 2017) , IEEE, 159-165

Scene reassembly after multimodal digitization and pipeline evaluation using photorealistic rendering [2017]

J. D. Stets, A. Dal_Corso, J. B. Nielsen, R. A. Lyngby, S. H. N. Jensen, J. Wilm, M. B. Doest, C. Gundlach, E. R. Eiriksson, K. Conradsen, A. B. Dahl, J. A. Bærentzen, J. R. Frisvad, H. Aanæs
Applied Optics , 56, 7679-7690

Interactive Appearance Prediction for Cloudy Beverages [2016]

A. Dal_Corso, J. R. Frisvad, T. K. Kjeldsen, J. A. Bærentzen
Workshop on Material Appearance Modeling (MAM 2016) , The Eurographics Association, 1-4

Hybrid fur rendering: combining volumetric fur with explicit hair strands [2016]

T. G. Andersen, V. Falster, J. R. Frisvad, N. J. Christensen
The Visual Computer , 32, 739—749

Interactive directional subsurface scattering and transport of emergent light [2016]

A. Dal_Corso, J. R. Frisvad, J. Mosegaard, J. A. Bærentzen
The Visual Computer , 33, 371-383

Quality Assurance Based on Descriptive and Parsimonious Appearance Models [2015]

J. B. Nielsen, E. R. Eiriksson, R. L. Kristensen, J. Wilm, J. R. Frisvad, K. Conradsen, H. Aanæs
Workshop on Material Appearance Modeling , The Eurographics Association

Directional Dipole Model for Subsurface Scattering [2014]

J. R. Frisvad, T. Hachisuka, T. K. Kjeldsen
ACM Transactions on Graphics , 34, 5:1—5:12

Real-Time Rendering of Teeth with No Preprocessing [2012]

C. T. Larsen, J. R. Frisvad, P. D. E. Jensen, J. A. Bærentzen
Advances in Visual Computing (Proceedings of ISVC 2012) , Springer, 7432, 334—345

Predicting the Appearance of Materials Using Lorenz-Mie Theory [2012]

J. R. Frisvad, N. J. Christensen, H. W. Jensen
The Mie Theory: Basics and Applications , 169, 101—133

Light, Matter, and Geoemtry: The Cornerstones of Appearance Modelling [2008]

J. R. Frisvad
Department of Informatics and Mathematical Modelling, Technical University of Denmark

Computing the Scattering Properties of Participating Media Using Lorenz-Mie Theory [2007]

J. R. Frisvad, N. J. Christensen, H. W. Jensen
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH 2007) , 26, 60:1—60:10


Andrea Luongo
[Ph.D. Student]
Technical University of Denmark
Viggo Falster
[Ph.D. Student]
Technical University of Denmark
Jeppe Revall Frisvad
[Associate Professor]
Technical University of Denmark