Lecture: Scientific Visualization


  • Lecturer(s):
  • Start: Thu. 16.4.2009
  • Dates: Tue. and Thu. 9 (c.t.) - 11, Lecture room, B-IT building
  • Course number: BA-INF 122, B-IT 09ss-01706
  • Curriculum: Bachelor , Diploma (Graduate), B-IT Master Media Informatics
  • Diploma Area: B



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.


Assignment Sheets

Exercise 1: Basics
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 401 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: Triangulation and Interpolation
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 229 KB)
Exercise 3: Fourier Transform and Filtering
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 389 KB)
Exercise 4: Height Fields and Isolines
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 0.9 MB)

Note: The following data / image file may be used within the scope of this lecture only!

Exercise 5: Glyphs and Parallel Coordinates
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 503 KB)
Exercise 6: Principal Component Analysis
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 231 KB)

Note: The following data files may be used within the scope of this lecture only!

Exercise 7: Multidimensional Scaling and Isosurfaces
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 463 KB)
Exercise 8: High-Dimensional Data Visualization and Isosurface-Based Volume Visualization
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 425 KB)
Exercise 9: Direct Volume Rendering
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 237 KB)
Exercise 10: Particle Tracing
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 184 KB)
Exercise 11: Line Integral Convolution
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 637 KB)

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