Our paper titled “Robust Material graphs for volume rendering” has been accepted in the Pacific Graphics 2018 conference (one of the top graphics conferences). The same is authored by Ojaswa Sharma, Tushar Arora, and Apoorv Khattar.
A good transfer function in volume rendering requires careful consideration of the materials present in a volume. A manual creation is tedious and prone to errors. Furthermore, the user interaction to design a higher dimensional transfer function gets complicated. In this work, we present a machine learning based approach to designing a transfer function that takes volumetric structures into account. Our novel contribution is in proposing an algorithm for robust deduction of a material graph from a set of disconnected edges. We incorporate stable graph creation under varying noise levels in the volume. We show that the deduced material graph can be used to automatically create a transfer function using the occlusion spectrum of the input volume. Since we compute material topology of the objects, an enhanced rendering is possible with our method. This also allows us to selectively render objects and depict adjacent materials in a volume. Our method considerably reduces manual effort required in designing a transfer function and provides an easy interface for interaction with the volume.