Realistic Image Synthesis


Course, Summer Semester 2012




Philipp Slusallek 

Karol Myszkowski  

Vincent Pegoraro 

Tobias Ritschel


Piotr Danilewski  (family name (email character) cs.uni-saarland.de)

Javor Kalojanov  (family name (email character) cs.uni-saarland.de)

Chuong Nguyen  (chuong.h.ngn (email character) gmail.com)


Time & Location

  • Monday 10-12h, HS 001, E1.3
  • Wednesday 10-12h, HS 001, E1.3

Starting 18. April 2012


Exercise Groups

  • Participate in the doodle poll to help us choose a time slot for the Tutorial.
  • Wednesdays: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Room E09, E1.1 (the CG chair)
  • Starting Wednesday, May 9th

Email List

  1. Register for this course's mailing list here.
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Lectures and Assignments

2012/04/18IntroductionSlusallek & Myszkowski
2012/04/23Rendering EquationPegoraro
2012/04/25Probability TheoryPegoraro
2012/04/30Probability Theory / Monte Carlo IntegrationSlusallek
2012/05/02Monte Carlo IntegrationPegoraro
2012/05/07BRDF & Light SamplingSlusallek
2012/05/09BRDF & Light Sampling / Combined Sampling & Path TracingPegoraro
2012/05/14Combined Sampling & Path TracingPegoraro
2012/05/16Bi-Directional Path TracingSlusallek
2012/05/21Density EstimationMyszkowski
2012/05/23Advanced Photon MappingGeorgiev
2012/05/28Whit Monday-
2012/06/04Environment Map Lighting and Precomputed Radiance TransferMyszkowski
2012/06/06Spatio-temporal Sampling and ReconstructionMyszkowski
2012/06/11Perception and Image Quality MetricsMyszkowski
2012/06/13HDR Image Capture and Tone MappingMyszkowski
2012/06/18Perception-based RenderingMyszkowski
2012/06/20Overcoming Physical Limitations of Display DevicesMyszkowski
2012/06/25Participatig MediaPegoraro
2012/06/27Participatig MediaPegoraro
2012/07/04High-Performance Graphics & Many-core Graphics HardwareSlusallek
2012/07/09VPLs for Global IlluminationSlusallek
2012/07/11Interactive Global IlluminationRitschel
2012/07/16Interactive Global IlluminationRitschel

Exam: Date, Location and Schedule

Final Exam on July 25 in Prof. Slusallek's office - E1.1, Room E14.

Re-Exam on October 23rd 2012 from 10
:30 to 12  in Prof. Slusallek's office - E1.1, Room E14.

NEW: Whoever is interested in taking the re-exam should contact kalojanov [email character] cg.uni-saarland.de by Oktober 22.



The lecture is not bound to a specific book. The following list contains the most important books about image synthesis.

  • Pharr, Humphreys, Physically Based Rendering : From Theory to Implementation, Morgan Kaufmann 
  • Shirley et al., Realistic Ray Tracing, 2. Ed., AK. Peters, 2003
  • Jensen, Realistic Image Synthesis Using Photon Mapping, AK. Peters, 2001
  • Dutre, at al., Advanced Global Illumition, AK. Peters, 2003
  • Glassner, Principles of Digital Image Synthesis, 2 volumes, Morgan Kaufman, 1995
  • Cohen, Wallace, Radiosity and Realistic Image Synthesis, Academic Press, 1993
  • Apodaca, Gritz, Advanced Renderman: Creating CGI for the Motion Pictures, Morgan Kaufmann, 1999
  • Ebert, Musgrave, et al., Texturing and Modeling, 3. Ed., Morgan Kaufmann, 2003
  • Reinhard, Ward, Pattanaik, Debevec, Heidrich, Myszkowski, High Dynamic
    Range Imaging, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2nd edition, 2010.
  • Myszkowski, Mantiuk, Krawczyk. High Dynamic Range Video. Synthesis
    Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science. Morgan & Claypool
    Publishers, San Rafael, USA, 2008.

Further literature will be announced during the course.

General Regulations 

  • Type: Special Lecture 

    • Practical computer science 

  • ECTS: 

    • 9 credit points

  • Weekly assignment 

    • Minimum of 30% per practical assignment
    • Average of 50% of all assignments of the semester
    • Round-robin demonstration of solution on the blackboard 
    • All of the above is required for admission to the final exam 

  • Practical assignments 
    • Longer term projects
    • Not a rendering competition as in CG1
  • Assignments can be submitted by groups of up to 2 students.