Looking for a student for the project: Analysis of NVIDIA Optix as a Ray Tracing platform for SPECT forward projection
- Ray tracing is massively used in videogames to determine what object within the scene should be shown in the viewpoint of the observer.
- Furthermore Ray Tracing is also used to determine the shadows, lights and reflections to be portrayed in the screen.
- Optix is an extremely powerful API designed by NVIDIA due to its modularity and its flexibility. In 2015, Optix was used to model a SPECT system, achieving a significant speed up over other simulation frameworks for the same task 
The project would consist of five parts:
- Part I: Set up Optix as a ray tracing framework for nuclear imaging, without physics
- Part II: Run a simulation with a simple SPECT parallel hole collimator
- Part III: Set up Optix as a ray tracing framework for nuclear imaging, with physics
- Part IV: Validation of the tool with simulated data from SIMIND (data provided)
- Part V: Validation of the tool with data acquired from a system (data provided)
- Project would be considered successful after step II
- At step IV, it could become a conference paper.
- Topic can be 5 or 10 ECTS Research/Master Project. Can also be extended to a thesis.
- Contact: email@example.com
- Applicants ideally have experience with C++ or GPU programming, or are looking to gain expertise in these areas.