Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Electrical and Computer Engineering


Engineering, Electronics and Electrical.


Ahmadi, M.




This thesis presents the simulation of a CCD based camera called the Plenoptic Camera. Plenoptic Camera is a novel single lens camera capable of capturing 3D information of the scene and is used to find the depth of the objects. The main concept behind the design of this camera lies in the fact that light which passes through the lens of a camera is quite rich in information which regular cameras are not designed to take advantage of. The plenoptic camera keeps track of the 3D information of the light rays by distributing these rays over a two dimensional array of converging lenses which we call a lenticular array, causing the rays to be separated based on the angle of incident. The plenoptic camera was designed in 1992 and is capable of taking several snapshots of the scene from a continuum of viewpoints in a single shot, resulting in multiple images which we call plenoptic images. The goal of this thesis is to fully simulate this camera and generate the plenoptic images. The simulation is carried out using ray tracing , which is a technique for image synthesis. The ray tracing problem is divided into two separate parts. The first part, is the simulation of the camera lens system, and the second part is the ray tracing in the scene which is calculating the distribution of light within the environment. Since no simulation has ever been done on this research domain camera, the simulation which is proposed in this thesis can be used to carry out tests and customize the camera for a specific application before the actual model is built.Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2002 .R39. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 42-01, page: 0301. Adviser: M. Ahmadi. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2003.