Overview of Perceptually-Driven Radiosity Methods

Jan Prikryl, Werner Purgathofer
Overview of Perceptually-Driven Radiosity Methods
TR-186-2-99-26, December 1999 [paper]

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Abstract

Despite its popularity among researchers the radiosity method still suffers of some disadvantages over other global illumination methods. Besides the fact that the original method allows only for solving the global illumination of environments consisting of purely diffuse surfaces, the method is rather computationally demanding. In the search for possible speed-up techniques one of the possibilities is to take also the characteristic features of the human visual system. Being aware of how the human visual perception works, one may compute the radiosity solution to lower accuracy in terms of physically based error metrics, but being sure that the physically correct solution won't bring any improvements in the image for the human observer. In the following report we briefly summarize achievements in the radiosity research in the past years and present the state of the art in perceptual approaches used in computer graphics nowadays. We will give an overview of known tone-mapping and perceptually-based image comparison techniques that can be used in the scope of the radiosity method to further speed up the computational process. In the second part of the report we concentrate on known radiosity methods that already use these perceptual approaches to predict different visible errors of the result of the radiosity computation. We will not speak about importance-driven radiosity solutions, as those methods are based on using geometric visibility rather than on using human perception-aware techniques.

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@techreport{Hladuvka-2000-CTF,
  title =      "Overview of Perceptually-Driven Radiosity Methods",
  author =     "Jan Prikryl and Werner Purgathofer",
  year =       "1999",
  abstract =   "Despite its popularity among researchers the radiosity
               method still suffers of some disadvantages over other global
               illumination methods. Besides the fact that the original
               method allows only for solving the global illumination of
               environments consisting of purely diffuse surfaces, the
               method is rather computationally demanding. In the search
               for possible speed-up techniques one of the possibilities is
               to take also the characteristic features of the human visual
               system. Being aware of how the human visual perception
               works, one may compute the radiosity solution to lower
               accuracy in terms of physically based error metrics, but
               being sure that the physically correct solution won't bring
               any improvements in the image for the human observer.  In
               the following report we briefly summarize achievements in
               the radiosity research in the past years and present the
               state of the art in perceptual approaches used in computer
               graphics nowadays. We will give an overview of known
               tone-mapping and perceptually-based image comparison
               techniques that can be used in the scope of the radiosity
               method to further speed up the computational process. In the
               second part of the report we concentrate on known radiosity
               methods that already use these perceptual approaches to
               predict different visible errors of the result of the
               radiosity computation. We will not speak about
               importance-driven radiosity solutions, as those methods are
               based on using geometric visibility rather than on using
               human               perception-aware techniques.",
  month =      dec,
  number =     "TR-186-2-99-26",
  address =    "Favoritenstrasse 9-11/E193-02, A-1040 Vienna, Austria",
  institution = "Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms, Vienna
               University of Technology ",
  note =       "human contact: technical-report@cg.tuwien.ac.at",
  keywords =   "perception, image difference, tone-mapping, radiosity",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/1999/Hladuvka-2000-CTF/",
}