Lecture: Scientific Visualization


  • Lecturer(s):
  • Start: Mon., 08.04.2013
  • Dates: Mon. 11:00-12:30, Wed. 11:00-12:30 a.m., B-IT Rheinsaal
  • Course number: (summer term 2013: B-IT 13ss-01706)
  • Curriculum: B-IT Master Media Informatics , Bachelor
  • Diploma Area: B
  • Exams: Mon. 15.07.2013 11:00-13:00, Repeat Exam: 19.09.2013 10:00-12:00



Scientific Visualization deals with all aspects that are connected with the visual representation of (huge) data sets from scientific experiments or simulations in order to achieve a deeper understanding or a simpler represenation of complex phenomena.

This lecture introduces the main concepts of scientific visualization. Based on the visualization pipeline and the classification of mapping methodes, visualization algorithms and data structures for various kinds of applications and scenarios will be presented. Among the topics of this lecture are: usage of color in scientific visualization, huge geometric models (such as terrain models, finite element models from car industry), cartesian 3D scalar fields (such as medical CT-data), unstructured 3D vector fields (e.g., from computational fluid dynamics), tensor fields and information visualization (such as tables or graphs). By solving programming exercises the students will gain practical experience in visualisation.

The course takes place in the B-IT building, Dahlmannstr. 2 (externHow to get there).


Assignment Sheets

Exercise 1: Basics
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 298 KB)

Note: Task 2 may be solved either in C++ or in Java. In general, we recommend the use of C++. Please see the README's provided below for more details.

Exercise 2: Grids
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 446 KB)
Exercise 3: Triangulation and Interpolation
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 334 KB)
Exercise 4: Fourier Transform and Filtering
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 660 KB)
Exercise 5: Raycasting
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 383 KB)
Exercise 6: Octree
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 134 KB)
Exercise 7: Ridges
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 518 KB)
Exercise 8: Line Integral Convolution
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 486 KB)
Exercise 9: Particle Tracing
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 575 KB)
Exercise 10: Tensor Visualization
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 391 KB)
Exercise 11: Trial Exam
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 170 KB)

Additional Documents


  • Alexandru C. Telea: Data Visualization - Principles and Practice, AK Peters, 2008 (available at the computer science library)