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Computer simulation of real-world envi-ronments is one of the great challenges of
 

Summary: Computer simulation of real-world envi-
ronments is one of the great challenges of
computer graphics. Ultimately, computer simulation
technologies should let an untrained operator walk
through a city or building with a handheld device that
captures a digital model, which can provide the realis-
tic visual experience of walking through the environ-
ment interactively. Applications include remote
education, virtual heritage, specialist training, elec-
tronic commerce, and entertainment. For instance, stu-
dents can "visit" famous historical sites, archeologists
can capture excavation sites as they evolve over time,
and soldiers can train in simulated environments.
The research challenge is to
develop methods to capture, repre-
sent,andrenderlargeenvironments
with photorealistic imagery from
arbitrary viewpoints at interactive
rates. Navigation in these environ-
mentsiscritical,and,inmanycases,

  

Source: Aliaga, Daniel G. - Department of Computer Sciences, Purdue University

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences