Dr. Karan Singh , University of Toronto
How quickly and effectively a designer can transform a mental concept into a digital object that is easy to refine and reuse is a central challenge in computer graphics. The focus of this project is, therefore, to develop new mathematical representations, or build upon existing ones, to capture the essence of shape as perceived by designers. In the past year, a freeware software program, Shapeshop, which was developed by the project team was released for download.
Dr. Wolfgang Heidrich University of British Columbia
The power of human vision to process wide ranges of intensities far exceeds the abilities of current imaging technology. Both cameras and displays are currently limited to a contrast, or dynamic range, of between 300:1 to 1,000:1, while humans can process a simultaneous dynamic range of 50,000:1 or more. As a result, there has been a push to develop high-dynamic range (HDR) display and camera hardware and the supporting algorithms. In the past year, the team has worked closely with industrial sponsor Dolby Canada on a range of topics in HDR imaging and display.