The ICT Vision & Graphics Laboratory develops new techniques for creating and displaying
photorealistic computer graphics of people, objects, and environments.
We specialize in developing image-based methods for acquiring shape, reflectance,
and motion from digital photography and video. The results are computer-generated
virtual models which look and behave as realistically as possible, viewable from
any viewpoint and in any illumination conditions.
Key technologies in our work include:
- High Dynamic Range Imaging, which uses standard digital cameras to record the full range
of illumination in real environments.
- Image-Based Lighting, which illuminates virtual objects with lighting conditions captured from
the real world.
- Light Stages, a set of lighting devices that record how faces, objects, and bodies appear under
computer-controlled illumination conditions.
Our work spans a range of activities including:
- Presenting academic research papers in venues such as ACM SIGGRAPH.
- Collaborating on applications with companies such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, WETA Digital, and Image Metrics.
- Creating short films demonstrating new computer graphics techniques such as The Parthenon.
- Developing software tools which implement techniques from our research such as HDR Shop.
- Technology licensing through the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation.
This web site contains links to our research papers, videos, online datasets, software packages,
and online demonstrations.