Non-photorealistic rendering of ancient architecture
Constructing 3D computer models of ancient architecture such as the temples of Angkor (Cambodia) is one of the key research projects of the Angkor Project Group (APG). The APG, a student group located both at the IWR, university of Heidelberg and the royal university of fine arts (RUFA), Phnom Penh, is currently investigating means of using rendered images from computer graphic models in cultural heritage projects. While the high level of detail of these models is highly appreciated in the humanities, the look and appeal of computer graphic models is seen as counter-productive to the goals of disciplines such as archaeology or site interpretation. The computer graphics group and the APG jointly offer a junior research project in the field of non-photorealistic rendering. In coordination with the researchers modelling temples of the Angkor region, the student will apply and develop state-of-the-art methods of rendering appropriate images from 3D graphics to create a look and appeal suited to the application areas in the humanities. The applicant is expected to implement such algorithms in an object-oriented framework and investigate in improvements of both the visual effects generated and the computational complexity.
Number of places available: 1 per semester.
Number of ECTS: max. 24 ECTS per semester.
- Basic mathematical education (calculus, linear algebra), an introduction course to computer graphics and a solid education in a major computing language (C, C++ or Java).
Founded over 15 years ago, the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (in German: Interdisziplinares Zentrum fur Wissenschaftliches Rechnen IWR) has become a national leader with international standing in computational science and technology. IWR comprises 32 research groups ranging from mathematics and computer science over physics, chemistry, biology to medicine and even the humanities. Embedded in several university faculties, its horizontal structure reflects the commitment to a scientific interdisciplinary approach. Equipped with high-performance computers and developing cutting-edge algorithms, researchers at IWR tackle challenging problems. Examples include process optimization of entire chemical plants, simulation of large biomolecules, or the reconstruction and visualization of ancient sites such as the temples of Angkor in Cambodia. Comprehensive teaching and project work with graduates and UGstudents has always been a key issue at IWR to ensure future excellence."