MAM2015 Workshop

Update June 5th: We still have room in the schedule for additional presentations. Please notify us at as soon as possible if you are interested in submitting a position paper and/or making a presentation. We can arrange an extension for submission of the written statement up to June 13, 2015.

Update: MAM2015 submissions are due June 6th, 2015. The workshop will take place on June 23rd, 2015.
Submissions should be sent via email to: Holly Rushmeier,
Acknowledgments of receipt will also be via email.

One session discussion topic will be “Classification Schemes for Materials”. We invite short papers on schemes to classify materials themselves, acquisitions systems, or data structures. The motivation for this is that it is clear that there is no “one size fits all” solution for acquiring, editing and/or rendering materials. Examples of classifications are the acquisition “gamuts” introduced by Fuchs et al.”Towards a Practical Gamut for Appearance” in MAM2013, and the “high level attributes” in Jarabo et al. “Effects of Approximate Filtering..” TVCG 2014. The classification schemes will be distributed to attendees, and after a “fast forward” presentation of proposed schemes there will be general conversation.
Papers are also invited on any results or measurements made on the sample sets distributed at MAM2014. Descriptions of improvements on the shared sample sets are also invited.

Workshop on Material Appearance Modeling

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss and define open issues in the acquisition and modeling of material appearance. In this workshop we will gather researchers and potential users of material appearance models to define what the major challenges and problems are in this area. One output of the workshop will be a document (available through the EG Digital Library) that is intended to help guide future development of material appearance modeling.

As in the previous two years, the workshop will include short presentations of position papers defined below. New in 2015: Rather than just having brief question answer periods after the presentations, we will also set aside a block of time for a a structured group discussion to define the community resources that can further help promote this area. Possible community resources include open data and software repositories, and round-robin material measurement efforts. Examples of the types of position papers to be considered:

  • Position papers from industrial users or potential users of digital material models. Suitable topics of this type include description of practical applications of digital models and problems that have been encountered. For example, are there some materials that aren’t possible to model with current methods? Do some software systems fail to successfully predict appearance? Are there some desirable editing operations that aren’t possible with current systems?
  • Position papers from researchers on their view of the grand challenges in material appearance. What are the big problems we still need to solve? Are there significant problems that require solution of wave equations that we still can’t handle? Are there problems that require physical property data that we don’t know how to get? Do we need better perceptual models? What are the material appearance modeling problems associated with 3D printing?
  • Position papers from all groups describing acquisition systems and performance. Technical papers typically describe the design of systems and initial results. Reports of practical experience with system are needed, including reports on what works well, and what works poorly. This type of “experience” report is needed to move the field forward, but is not eligible for publication in traditional conferences and journals.

Position papers on other topics in material appearance are also welcome. As in previous years, to have the most up to date topics presented, the deadline for submissions will be very close to the dates of the actual workshop. The format and deadline for submissions will be announced in April 2015. Questions should be addressed to the workshop organizers:
Holly Rushmeier, and Reinhard Klein