Lecture: Advanced Topics in Computer Graphics I


  • Lecturer(s):
  • Start: 19.04.2016
  • Dates: Tue. 12:30 - 14:00 VR-Lab I.80 and Thu. 12:30 - 14:00 HS III 03a
  • Course number: MA-INF 2209
  • Curriculum: Master
  • Diploma Area: B
  • Effort: 4.0 SWS



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



  • 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

Digital geometric models

Here you can find the lecture in externBasis

Starting the lecture

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In this lecture you will have the chance to learn many interesting theoretical as well as practical topics. In case you have a problem understanding something, please always feel free to write to the mailing list. This should be a place where you students can talk freely about the lecture, so please do not hesitate to ask and reply! Of course, the tutors are also subscribed on the mailing list and will reply as well.

The book "Polygon Mesh Processing" mentioned bellow is also available for reading at our institute - though it may be more interesting for later topics. If you are curious, just ask.

Good start!


Assignment Sheets

Exercise G06: PCA and Iterative Closest Points
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 150 KB)
Exercise G07: Normal Distribution Transform and Marching Cubes
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 156 KB)
Exercise G08: Surface reconstruction from unorganized points
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 163 KB)
Exercise G09: Global Optimization for shape fitting
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 647 KB)
Exercise G10: Differential Geometry Primer
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 158 KB)
Exercise G11: Smoothing and Differential Geometry
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 391 KB)
Exercise R00: Introduction to Matlab
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 113 KB)
Exercise R00: Introduction to Python
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 119 KB)
Exercise R01: Radiometry and Tonemapping
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 173 KB)
Exercise R02: Whitted Raytracing
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 256 KB)
Exercise R03: Whitted Raytracing
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 151 KB)
Exercise R04: BRDF-Models
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 204 KB)
Exercise R05: Pathtracing
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 675 KB)

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