Information theory tools for computer graphics

Mateu Sbert*, Miquel Feixas, Jaume Rigau, Miguel Chover, Ivan Viola

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Information theory (IT) tools, widely used in scientific fields such as engineering, physics, genetics, neuroscience, and many others, are also emerging as useful transversal tools in computer graphics. In this book, we present the basic concepts of IT and how they have been applied to the graphics areas of radiosity, adaptive ray-tracing, shape descriptors, viewpoint selection and saliency, scientific visualization, and geometry simplification. Some of the approaches presented, such as the viewpoint techniques, are now the state of the art in visualization. Almost all of the techniques presented in this book have been previously published in peer-reviewed conference proceedings or international journals. Here, we have stressed their common aspects and presented them in an unified way, so the reader can clearly see which problems IT tools can help solve, which specific tools to use, and how to apply them. A basic level of knowledge in computer graphics is required but basic concepts in IT are presented. The intended audiences are both students and practitioners of the fields above and related areas in computer graphics. In addition, IT practitioners will learn about these applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSynthesis Lectures on Computer Graphics and Animation
Number of pages153
StatePublished - Sep 2 2009
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSynthesis Lectures on Computer Graphics and Animation
ISSN (Print)1933-8996
ISSN (Electronic)1933-9003


  • Complexity
  • Entropy
  • Geometry simplification
  • Information bottleneck method
  • Information theory
  • Jensen - Shannon divergence
  • Level of detail
  • Mutual information
  • Radiosity
  • Ray-tracing
  • Scientific visualization
  • Shape descriptors
  • Viewpoint selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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