Labs + Groups

Vision and Graphics

Research Lead: Hao Li

The ICT Vision and Graphics Lab develops new techniques for creating and displaying photorealistic computer graphics of people, objects and environments. The Vision and Graphics Lab specializes in developing image-based methods for acquiring shape, reflectance and motion from digital photography and video. The results are computer-generated virtual models that look and behave as realistically as possible, viewable from any viewpoint and in any illumination condition. Research areas include image-based lighting and 3D displays. The lab’s Light Stage systems for creating detailed digital doubles have been used in movies including Spider-Man 2 and Avatar, earning the developers an Academy Award.


  • Develop a library of realistic VR objects that can be used in any virtual scene.
  • Continue work on applying real-world lighting to VR objects, including research on color rendition issues.
  • Give VR developers more choices in lighting of objects in a scenario, from scientifically realistic to artistically interpretive, as required.
  • Enhance the learning experience of trainees by giving them a more visually stimulating (and believable) training scenario.