Early Stage Researcher PhD - #03

Topic Description

Rendered in KeyShot by Jolyon Wardle

The ESR 03 PhD position is about developing advanced light transport simulation specifically targeted at Virtual Reality. Light transport algorithms have become increasingly sophisticated and able to capture complex lighting phenomena. Furthermore, recent developments in graphics card technology (GPUs) have made it feasible to simulate light transport at interactive rates. However, this is not yet feasible in Virtual Reality headsets where the frame rate is high and two images (stereo) are rendered simultaneously. Basic algorithms such as path tracing do not scale well to VR headsets as the algorithm fails to exploit coherence and the noise in path tracing makes the VR experience suboptimal. The goal of this task is to develop novel light transport algorithms that can exploit the coherence in VR and also eliminate the noise, so that interactive stereo rendering becomes useful.

Employment Details
Pay is standardised by the EU, and allows for comfortable living as a student by local standards. Living Allowance is 5,100 € per month (plus additional 250 € if you bring your family). Taxes apply, which would normally be in the range 37-40%. Employment duration within PRIME is 36 months, and the start date can be anytime between October 1st, 2020, and September 30th, 2021. However, we prefer candidates to be available as soon as is practical: ideally, we would like to hire until March 2021 at the very latest.

About Luxion
Luxion is a research-driven company. At its core, Luxion brings innovations in computer graphics and related fields to users in industrial design, marketing, and engineering through a fast and easy to use software application. We are a leading developer of advanced 3D rendering, animation, and lighting technology with expert knowledge in areas related to daylighting (atmospheric scattering), light scattering by materials (BRDF and BSSRDF models), light transport algorithms such as photon mapping, and real-time rendering technology.

KeyShot is the first real-time ray tracing application that uses a physically correct render engine based on scientific research in the areas of scientifically accurate material representation and global illumination. Luxion ApS office is located in Aarhus, Denmark. The candidate will benefit from Luxion’s expertise with VR including having access to state of the art VR equipment. In addition, Luxion has developed a VR application based on classic rasterization techniques that provide guidance for the goals of VR in general. This project will benefit from Dr. Jensen, who has been working on advanced light transport algorithms for more than 30 years. The academic supervisor will be Dr. Frisvad at DTU, Copenhagen. As such the candidate should expect to also spend time in Copenhagen and travel back and forth accordingly.

For further information about the position or to submit your application, please email [email protected].