Volume Visualization and Volume Rendering Techniques

Volume Visualization and Volume Rendering Techniques

Meissner M, Pfister H, Westermann R, and Wittenbrink C.

(Eurographics tutorial, 2000.)

There is a wide range of devices and scientific simulation generating volumetric data. Visualizing such data, ranging from regular data sets to scattered data, is a challenging task. This course will give an introduction to the volume rendering transport theory and the involved issues such as interpolation, illumination, classification and others. Different volume rendering techniques will be presented illustrating their fundamental features and differences as well as their limitations. Furthermore, acceleration techniques will be presented including pure software optimizations as well as utilizing special purpose hardware as VolumePro but also dedicated hardware such as polygon graphics subsystems.