Computational Light Transport (19w5069)


(Stanford University)

(University of Toronto)

(Harvard University)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Computational Light Transport " workshop in Banff from February 10, 2019 to February 15, 2019.

Accelerating advances in electrical, optical, and mechanical materials and devices, combined with the sudden ubiquity of high-performance and large-scale parallel architectures for computing, is revolutionizing our ability to manipulate, measure, and analyze radiation at optical wavelengths. This has created unprecedented opportunity for discovering new forms of imagers, visual displays, and visual sensors, that could have transformative impacts on medicine, robotics, atmospheric science, and more.

This workshop will bring together experts from a variety of backgrounds---including optics, computer graphics, and computer vision---to help solidify the mathematical and scientific foundations of a young new field of interdisciplinary study called Computational Light Transport, which is the study of using emitters, detectors, and computation to reveal and analyze the flow of light. The success of this new field hinges on the ability to seamlessly and synergistically integrate digital computation with the physical manipulation of light; and this, in turn, requires new mathematical, statistical, and algorithmic tools. By bringing together, for the first time, leading thinkers in the areas that form the core of computational light transport, this workshop will foster collaborations and lay the groundwork for this emerging field.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).