Lecture: Rendering Techniques I: Global Illumination and Real-Time Photorealism


  • Lecturer(s):
  • Start: 13.04.2010
  • Dates: Tue. 11 (c.t.) - 13, A6a
  • Course number: MA-INF 2204
  • Curriculum: Master , Diploma (Graduate)
  • Diploma Area: B
  • Effort: 2+1 SWS / 4 CP
  • Exams: In the week of 26.07 - 28.07
  • Follow-up/Side-events: Lecture: Digital Geometric Models



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

NoteDiploma graduate students can take a combined exam with the lecture "Digital Geometric Models".



  • Henrik Wann Jensen: Realistic Image Synthesis Using Photon Mapping AK Peters, 2001
  • Philip Dutré, Philippe Bekaert and Kavita Bala: Advanced GlobalIllumination 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, 98 KB)
Exercise 2: Raytracer Extension
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 120 KB)
Exercise 3: BRDF models and MCI
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 66 KB)
Exercise 4: Pathtracer and MCI2
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 629 KB)
Exercise 5: Path tracing continued and Filtering
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 348 KB)
Exercise 6: Photon Mapping
Assignment sheet  (PDF document, 830 KB)

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