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The 2017 Seventeenth Annual UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) celebrates student scholarly achievement and creative activities. Students from all disciplines participate in the URS. Types of presentations include posters, oral presentations, and short or abbreviated theatrical, dance, or musical performances. 

Presentations are accompanied by discussions and multimedia.


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Saturday, April 22 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
An Investigation of Modern Computer Global Illumination

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As interactive computer graphics applications have become increasingly more computationally intensive, a demand for highly efficient real-time global illumination methods has increased. Methods of global illumination provide realistic lighting within computer simulated scenes and, more specifically, scenes in three dimensions. Historically, previous methods of global illumination have held up well, but with a higher demand in realistic interactive environments there exists a need for improved rendering technologies. Recently, efficient global illumination methods have been developed at NVIDIA Research which employ two new graphics processing algorithms and an efficient data structure to provide real-time global illumination. In practice, these methods would allow efficient gathering of real-time, viewer-dependent global illumination onto both static and dynamic objects within a scene. My research investigates implementations of these algorithms and single data structure, which have been created by NVIDIA Research, by executing these software implementations on a local machine in order to understand the comparison of tradeoffs between performance and accuracy for the two algorithms and single data structure. My research will provide recommendations for when and how these technologies should be used.


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Student Center, Oyate Hall 600 E 4th St., Morris MN 56267