2003 Radiance Workshop

September 22-26

Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California

Organizers: Greg Ward & Judy Lai
E-mail: workshop@radsite.lbl.gov


Following the success of last year’s workshop on Scientific Applications of Radiance held in Fribourg, Switzerland, we have decided to host another workshop, this time incorporating a tutorial component.  The first three days of the workshop, we will offer tutorials at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.  The final two days of the workshop will be a seminar similar to last year, with informal presentations by Radiance experts from around the world.


Registration fees will be assigned according to the following schedule:





Tutorials Only

$500 (USD)

$250 (USD)

Seminar Only



Tutorials & Seminar




A uniform discount of $100 will be given off the registration for each presenter. A CD-ROM with all workshop materials will be included with your registration. Attendees will also be offered the opportunity to preorder copies of Rendering with Radiance by Larson and Shakespeare, to be handed out at the workshop. Click on the following link to download and print the registration form.


Photo Contest

The photo contest is now closed.  The results will be announced at the workshop, and all entries will be made available on the workshop CD-ROM. (Deadline for rendering submissions was Friday, Sept. 12th.)


Tutorial Schedule

Tutorials will be given by John Mardaljevic and Greg Ward.  Computers will not be provided nor required for the the tutorials, but if you would like to bring a laptop with Radiance 3.5 preinstalled under Linux or Mac OS X, feel free to do so.  See the LBNL campus map for directions to building 90 and building 70.



22 Sept.

10am – 5pm


23 Sept.

9am – 5pm


24 Sept.

9am – 5pm

Primer Tutorial


rm. 90-3148

Intermediate Tutorial

Mardaljevic & Ward

rm. 90-3148

Intermediate Tutorial (cont’d)

Mardaljevic & Mischler

rm. 70-3377

Applying New Features of Radiance 3.5


rm. 90-3075




Seminar Talks

Below is the talk schedule with times and a final list of titles and speakers.  Titles are linked to talk abstracts where available.  All seminars will be held in room 70-3377 in building 70.


Day / Time

Talk Title



Th 9:00

OpenSource Development

Greg Ward &
Georg Mischler


Th 9:45

Summarizing and Visualizing Day Lighting Data

Jack de Valpine

Visarc, Inc.

Th 10:30

Coffee Break



Th 11:00

Precision modelling of parametrically defined solar shading systems: pseudo-


John Mardaljevic

De Montfort Univ.

Th 11:45

Evaluation of the solar energy potential in urban settings by irradiation map production

Francesco Anselmo

Università di Palermo

Th 12:30

Lunch at LBNL Cafeteria



Th 2:00

Architecture, Lighting, and Energy:

An evaluation of the perceptual and energy consumption implications of lighting standards in architectural design

John An

Harvard University

Th 2:45

Experiences with Radiance in Daylighting Design

Zack Rogers

Architectural Energy Corporation

Th 3:30

Recent Practical Applications Using Radiance

Matt Franks & Andrew McNeil

Arup Lighting

Th 4:15

Environment mapping for lighting


Santiago Torres

University of Tokyo

Th 5:00




Fri 9:00

Learning the best, from the best: a longtime newbie gets up to speed

Rob Guglielmetti

Renfro Design Group, Inc.

Fri 9:45

LightSketch and Scythe and Sew: Tools for Rapid Architectural Lighting Analysis

Daniel Glaser, Jan Voung, Ling Xiao, and Osbert Feng

UC Berkeley

Fri 10:30

Coffee Break



Fri 11:00

An application of Radiance in solving the inverse lighting problem

Luís Fernandes

U. of Colorado, Boulder

Fri 11:45

Detail to Attention: Exploiting Visual Tasks for Selective Rendering

Greg Ward

Anyhere Software

Fri 12:30

Lunch at LBNL Cafeteria



Fri 2:00

Maya to Radiance

Richard Gillibrand

U. of Bristol

Fri 2:45

A Radiance evaluation of parallax errors in sky simulator domes

John Mardaljevic

De Montfort Univ.

Fri 3:30

Wrap-up and Discussion



Fri 4:30





Evening Activities

We are planning a group activity for Thursday evening, which will likely include a walking tour of the UC Berkeley campus, followed by a visit to famous Telegraph Avenue and possibly even dinner.  Details to follow.



We have not as yet applied for any special rates, but will be looking into this shortly.  If you would like to book your own hotel accommodations, please refer to the LBNL Housing List as a good place to start.



Daily travel to and from the Laboratory is best accomplished by the free shuttle service, which visits a number of stops around the UC Berkeley campus and downtown Berkeley.  See the offsite shuttle webpage for route information.


Travel and Emergency Information

Judy has put together a flyer full of information on how to get to, in and around Berkeley.  This includes important telephone numbers and contact information.



If you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of this workshop, please send e-mail to workshop@radsite.lbl.gov and we will respond as quickly as possible – usually within 24 hours.