Lecture: Advanced Topics in Computer Graphics I


  • Lecturer(s):
  • Start: Thu., 12th of April 2012
  • Dates: Tue. and Thu. 12:30 - 14, LBH III.03
  • Course number: MA-INF 2209
  • Curriculum: Master , Diploma (Graduate)
  • Diploma Area: B



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
  • Matt Phar and Greg Humphreys: Physically Based Rendering: From Theory To Implementation Morgan Kaufmann, 2004


Assignment Sheets

Exercise 1: PCA-ICP
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 149 KB)
Exercise 2: MC-Simplification
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 130 KB)
Exercise 3: Normals
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 126 KB)
Exercise 4: Reconstruction
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 659 KB)
Exercise 5: Smoothing and Differential Geometry
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 376 KB)
Exercise 6: Turner-Whitted-Raytracing
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 148 KB)
Exercise 7: Radiometry
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 252 KB)
Exercise 8: BRDFs
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 197 KB)
Exercise 9: Monte Carlo Pathtracing
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 676 KB)
Exercise 10: Importance Sampling
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 111 KB)

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