The Versatile Distance Field: Applications in Graphics and Modeling -- from Surgical Simulation to

April 7, 2004
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Halligan 111


Distance fields are an increasingly important shape representation with many applications in computer graphics and modeling. In this talk, I will describe distance fields, their advantages, and how they are used to represent shape. I will present Adaptively Sampled Distance Fields, or ADFs, which provide a compact digital representation of distance fields that enables efficient rendering and processing.

ADFs have broad application across the fields of computer graphics and physics-based modeling. I'll introduce some of these applications, with particular focus on surgical simulation, 3D modeling, and font representation and rendering.