The 5th Annual Eurographics 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 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 — past editions are at that is intended to help guide future development of material appearance modeling.

As in the previous years, the workshop will include short presentations of position papers. Types of position papers include:

Submissions 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. 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?

Submissions 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?

Submissions 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.


If you recently had a journal paper (including Eurographics and SIGGRAPH papers) on material appearance modeling and have additional data, information or insights about the work beyond what was presented in the original paper, you are welcome to present these at the workshop. Submit an abstract summarizing what you will present that augments the original paper.

Position papers on other topics in material appearance

Positions should be four pages or less in length, using the Style Guide given in The deadline for submissions is JUNE 4, 2017. Submissions and any questions should be set via email to the workshop organizers: Holly Rushmeier (, Reinhard Klein (