Steve Bako


I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara working under the supervision of Dr. Pradeep Sen.

My main research interests include computer graphics, computational photography, and machine learning. Specifically,
I have been working on denoising Monte Carlo rendered images using neural networks.


- S. Bako, P. Sen, A. Kaplanyan
"Deep Appearance Prefiltering"
ACM Transactions on Graphics, Vol. 42, No. 2, August 2023, (Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH 2023).
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- S. Bako, M. Meyer, T. DeRose, P. Sen,
"Offline Deep Importance Sampling for Monte Carlo Path Tracing"
Computer Graphics Forum, Vol. 38, No. 7, Oct 2019, (Proceedings of Pacific Graphics 2019).
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- S. Bako, T. Vogels, B. McWilliams, M. Meyer, J. Novak, A. Harvill, P. Sen, T. DeRose, F. Rousselle,
"Kernel-Predicting Convolutional Networks for Denoising Monte Carlo Renderings,"
ACM Transactions on Graphics, Vol. 36, No. 4, July 2017, (Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH 2017).
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- S. Bako, S. Darabi, E. Shechtman, J. Wang, K. Sunkavalli, P. Sen,
"Removing Shadows from Images of Documents,"
Proceedings of ACCV 2016.
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- N. Khademi Kalantari, S. Bako, P. Sen,
"A Machine Learning Approach for Filtering Monte Carlo Noise,"
ACM Transactions on Graphics, Vol. 34, No. 4, August 2015, (Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH 2015).
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- [CV]


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9560
E-mail: stevebako [at]