Lecture: Advanced Topics in Computer Graphics I


  • Lecturer(s):
  • Dates: Tue. and Thu. 12:30 - 14, LBH III.03
  • Course number: MA-INF 2209
  • Curriculum: Master , Diploma (Graduate)
  • Diploma Area: B


Lecture does not take place on Thur 7. Apr 2011

On next thursday the 7. Apr 2011 lectures do not take place, due to most students being detained to attend.

Starting the lecture

In the first lecture it was decided that exercises will take place each friday from 8:30 - 10:00 in the CIP pool (yellow containers in the Römerstraße). The first exercise is scheduled for the 15. Apr 2011. Each week a new exercise sheet will be available on this website that has to be solved until the next week. Theoretical submissions must be handed in on tuesday after the lectures and practical assignments will be checked in the exercises on friday.

A mailinglist (VL-ATCG1) exists that should already include participants of the first lecture. If you are not included, you can inscribe yourself at https://lists.iai.uni-bonn.de/mailman/listinfo.cgi/vl-atcg1.

Good start !


Digital geometric models

Digital geometric models find nowadays numerous applications ranging from industrial CAD and terrain or scientific visualization to games and movie productions.

This lecture covers all aspects of DGM from their aquisiton and representation to editing and processing. In detail it discusses the following topics:

  • Methods for the generation of polygonal meshes (laser scanning, registration and integration of single mesh parts, etc.)
  • Representation: point based representations, efficient mesh data structures
  • Processing: reconstruction techniques, mesh compression, optimization of polygonal meshes (fairing and remeshing), mesh decimation and refinement, hierarchical representations.


This lecture discusses advanced rendering techniques that aim at highly realistic images. Particular emphasis lies on high quality depictions of materials.

In detail the topics of this lecture are:

  • Foundations of radio- and photometry
  • Models for the description of optical material properties and light sources
  • Transport-, volume visualization- and rendering equation
  • Algorithms and techniques for the solution of the volume visualization and rendering equation
  • Algorithms and techniques of image based rendering


Digital geometric models

  • Mario Botsch, Leif Kobbelt, Mark Pauly, Pierre Alliez, Bruno Levy: Polygon Mesh Processing CRC Press, 2010


  • Henrik Wann Jensen: Realistic Image Synthesis Using Photon Mapping AK Peters, 2001
  • Philip Dutré, Philippe Bekaert and Kavita Bala: Advanced Global Illumination AK Peters, 2003
  • Peter Shirley and R. Keith Morley: Realistic Ray Tracing - Second Edition AK Peters, 2003


Assignment Sheets

Exercise 1: Raytracing
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 137 KB)
Exercise 2: Triangles, BRDFs and Photometry
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 250 KB)
Exercise 3: BRDFs and MC Integration
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 201 KB)
Exercise 4: Path tracing and MIS
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 663 KB)
Exercise 5: More Pathtracing and Convolution
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 364 KB)
Exercise 6: Photon Mapping
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 850 KB)
Exercise 7: PRT
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 195 KB)
Exercise 8: PCA-ICP
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 138 KB)
Exercise 9: MC-Simplification
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 115 KB)
Exercise 10: Normals
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 115 KB)
Exercise 11: Reconstruction
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 659 KB)
Exercise 12: Smoothing and Differential Geometry
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 333 KB)

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