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This [course_title] serves as a practical guide to ray tracing and photon mapping. The notes are mostly aimed at readers familiar with ray tracing, who would like to add an efficient implementation of photon mapping to an existing ray tracer. The course itself also includes a description of the ray tracing algorithm. The [course_title] provides a detailed introduction of the ray-tracing and photon-mapping algorithms for simulating global illumination. In the course of the exercises a raytracer/photon mapper will be implemented.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: Open Culture

Course Curriculum

Module 01
Recursive Ray Tracing 00:48:00
Intersecting Rays 00:46:00
Radiant Flux, Radiance and Solid Angle 00:50:00
Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function 00:52:00
Cook-Torrance BRDF 00:51:00
Introduction to Discrete Probability 00:49:00
Module 02
Continuous Probability 00:50:00
Sampling Random Variables 00:52:00
Distributed Ray Tracing 00:51:00
Phong Glossy Reflection 00:51:00
Environmental Illumination 00:51:00
Module 03
Indirect Illumination Recursion 00:50:00
Signal Processing 00:50:00
Anti-aliasing Filtering Strategies 00:50:00
“Backwards” Path Tracing 00:49:00
Finite Element Method 00:47:00
Module 04
Progressive Radiosity 00:48:00
Direct and Indirect Illumination 00:49:00
Global Lines 00:51:00
Point-to-Polygon Form Factor 00:49:00
Bidirectional Path Tracing 00:49:00
Module 05
Photon Mapping 00:49:00
Extinction and Scattering Coefficient 00:41:00
Ambient Occlusion 00:49:00
Hierarchical Radiosity 00:53:00
Fall 2011 Student Project Presentations 01:02:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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