Computer Graphics Laboratory ETH Zurich


Automatic Feature Selection for Denoising Volumetric Renderings

X. Zhang, M. Ott, M. Manzi, M. Gross, M. Papas

Proceedings of Eurographics Symposium on Rendering (EGSR) (Prague, Czech Republic, July 4-6, 2022), Computer Graphics Forum, vol. 41, no. 4, 2022, pp. 63-77


We propose a method for constructing feature sets that significantly improve the quality of neural denoisers for Monte Carlo renderings with volumetric content. Starting from a large set of hand-crafted features, we propose a feature selection process to identify significantly pruned near-optimal subsets. While a naive approach would require training and testing a separate denoiser for every possible feature combination, our selection process requires training of only a single probe denoiser for the selection task. Moreover, our approximate solution has an asymptotic complexity that is quadratic to the number of features compared to the exponential complexity of the naive approach, while also producing near-optimal solutions. We demonstrate the usefulness of our approach on various state-of-the-art denoising methods for volumetric content. We observe improvements in denoising quality when using our automatically selected feature sets over the hand-crafted sets proposed by the original methods.

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