Merlin Nimier-David

I am a fifth year PhD student at EPFL's Realistic Graphics Lab, supervised by Wenzel Jakob. My research focuses on physically based differentiable rendering and its applications.


Unbiased Inverse Volume Rendering with Differential Trackers

  • Merlin Nimier-David,
  • Thomas Müller,
  • Alexander Keller,
  • Wenzel Jakob

In Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH 2022)

Material and Lighting Reconstruction for Complex Indoor Scenes with Texture-space Differentiable Rendering

  • Merlin Nimier-David,
  • Zhao Dong,
  • Wenzel Jakob,
  • Anton Kaplanyan

In Proceedings of Eurographics Symposium on Rendering 2021 (DL-only Track)
★ Best presentation award

Radiative Backpropagation: an Adjoint Method for Lightning-Fast Differentiable Rendering

  • Merlin Nimier-David,
  • Sébastien Speierer,
  • Benoît Ruiz,
  • Wenzel Jakob

In Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH 2020)

Mitsuba 2: A Retargetable Forward and Inverse Renderer

  • Merlin Nimier-David*,
  • Delio Vicini*,
  • Tizian Zeltner,
  • Wenzel Jakob

(*joint first authors)

In Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH Asia 2019)

Building and Animating User-Specific Volumetric Face Rigs

  • Alexandru-Eugen Ichim,
  • Ladislav Kavan,
  • Merlin Nimier-David,
  • Mark Pauly

In Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA), 2016

Master thesis

Rendering Procedural Microstructure using Adaptive Gaussian Processes

  • Merlin Nimier-David

Supervised by Steve Marschner, Bruce Walter and Wenzel Jakob
Research conducted at Cornell University, 2017