Section: Application Domains


Although it has long been recognized that the visual channel is one of the most effective means for communicating information, the use of computer processing to generate effective visual content has been mostly limited to very specific image types: realistic rendering, computer-aided cell animation, etc.

The ever-increasing complexity of available 3d models is creating a demand for improved image creation techniques for general illustration purposes. Recent examples in the literature include computer systems to generate road maps, or assembly instructions, where a simplified visual representation is a necessity.

Our work in expressive rendering and in relevance-guided rendering aims at providing effective tools for all illustration needs that work from complex 3d models. We also plan to apply our knowledge of lighting simulation, together with expressive rendering techniques, to the difficult problem of sketching illustrations for architectural applications.