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Computer Graphics - Material Appearance Modeling and Physically Based Rendering


   Department of Computer Science

   Saturday, April 01, 2023  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

In recent years, especially in the presence of the pandemic and everyone working remotely, the advance of Computer Graphics becomes essential more than ever. Photo-realistic modelling and rendering of objects are the key components to the realism of the virtual scene and has applications in Virtual Reality, medical imaging, online retail and the entertainment industry such as games and movies. We focus on how light interacts with complex materials (e.g. cloth, hair, fur and human skin) and generate physics-based and realistic imaging using state-of-the-art rendering techniques to offer fidelity as well as the practicality for rendering interactively or in real-time.

This project, commencing September 2023, has a particular interest in efficient rendering using novel techniques such as Level of Details as well as Neural Rendering which is a new approach with the aid of machine learning to accelerate the computations of rendering pipeline. The research aims to develop new algorithms and theories in the field of appearance modelling and rendering and the specific direction can be discussed based on the applicant's interest and strength.

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Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and is at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact. We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status.

 We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder). 


Funding Notes

Funding covers tuition fees and annual stipend of at least the UKRI minimum (£16,062 for 22/23 academic year).
This research project is one of a number of projects available in the Department of Mathematics. There are more projects than funding available and this project is in competition for funding with other available projects. Usually the projects that receive the best applicants will be awarded the funding.

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