A Survey of Recent Advances on Non-Photorealistic Animation and Rendering

PhD Qualifying Examination

Title: "A Survey of Recent Advances on Non-Photorealistic Animation and 


Mr. Zhenjie ZHAO


Non-photorealistic animation and rendering (NPAR) refers to render and 
animate images with expressive artistic styles. Compared to photorealistic 
computer graphics, NPAR is easier to attract audiences’ attention and 
convey affective attributes, e.g., comfortable, aesthetics, emotion, etc., 
which is particularly useful for visually illustrating culture related 
concepts. For example, to appreciate Chinese folk custom, poetry, etc., it 
is better to render and animate images in ink-water style. In museums, how 
to present cultural heritages in an interesting and engaging way is 
crucial for public education for raising people’s emotional well-being and 
building cultural confidence.

This survey starts with an introduction of NPAR, including its brief 
history, representative works, etc. And then two important areas of recent 
advances on NPAR: neural style transfer and dynamic illustration, will be 
introduced in detail. Neural style transfer renders a stylized image by a 
class of biologically inspired vision models automatically. Dynamic 
illustration facilitates non-professionals creating moving stylized images 
that can better illustrate stories and engage audiences. The survey ends 
with a discussion on several future works that we plan to conduct for 
cultural heritage illustration.

Date:			Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Time:                  	10:00am - 12:00noon

Venue:                  Room 5501
                         Lifts 25/26

Committee Members:	Dr. Xiaojuan Ma (Supervisor)
 			Prof. Huamin Qu (Chairperson)
 			Dr. Pedro Sander
 			Prof. Chiew-Lan Tai

**** ALL are Welcome ****