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Computer synthesized 3D image of dragon and balls with high gloss surfaces
Visual Effect: Developing Interactive, Next Generation Computer Graphics

The picture above shows a computer-synthesized image of a three-dimensional scene with high gloss / shiny materials. Accurate simulation of the visual effects in such scenes is a long-standing challenge in computer graphics research. One example is the inter-reflections between high gloss materials, such as the indirect highlights inside the dragon's mouth above, and the reflections of the dragon on the sphere. By leveraging modern GPUs, computer scientist Rui Wang and his team at the School of Computer Science are developing new techniques that can simulate such scenes interactively, allowing designers to dynamically change the lighting and materials, while receiving accurate, online feedback of design changes. Learn more.

Photo credit: Rui Wang