Realistic Image Synthesis

Course, Summer Semester 2015

General Information


Philipp Slusallek 

Karol Myszkowski  

Tobias Ritschel

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

Teaching Assistant:

Arsene Perard-Gayot (homepage)


Not set up yet


Time and Location

  • Monday 10:00-12:00h, HS 001, E1.3
  • Thursday 08:30-10:00h, HS 001, E1.3

Starting Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Tutorials will take place on Thursday at 4pm, starting from May 21st, in the CG chair,  E1.1 room 09.

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Lectures and assignments

2015/04/23Karol MyszkowskiIntroductionpdf
2015/04/27Karol MyszkowskiRendering Equationpdf
2015/04/30Philipp SlusallekProbability Theorypdf
2015/05/04Karol MyszkowskiMonte Carlo Integrationpdf
2015/05/07Karol MyszkowskiMonte Carlo Integration
2015/05/11Philipp SlusallekBRDFpdf
2015/05/18Philipp SlusallekPath Tracingpdfpdf
2015/05/21Philipp SlusallekBidirectional Path Tracingpdf
2015/05/28Philipp SlusallekInstant Radiosity and Lightcutspdf pdf
2015/06/01Karol MyszkowskiDensity Estimationpdfpdf
2015/06/08Karol MyszkowskiAdvanced Photon Mappingpdfpdf zip
2015/06/11Karol MyszkowskiFinite Elements and Radiositypdf
2015/06/15Karol MyszkowskiSpatio-temporal Sampling & Reconst.pdfpdf
2015/06/18Karol MyszkowskiPrecomputed Radiance Transferpdf pdf pdf
2015/06/22Karol MyszkowskiPerceptionpdf
2015/06/25EGSRpdf zip
2015/06/29Karol MyszkowskiHDRpdf
2015/07/02Karol MyszkowskiPerception-based Renderingpdfpdf
2015/07/06Karol MyszkowskiOvercoming Display Limitationspdf
2015/07/09Philipp SlusallekHigh-performance Realistic Renderingpdf pdf
2015/07/13Tobias Ritschel
2015/07/16Tobias Ritschel
2015/07/20Philipp SlusallekParticipating Media
2015/07/23Philipp SlusallekParticipating Media

General Regulations

  • Type: Special Lecture 

    • Practical computer science 

  • ECTS: 

    • 9 credit points

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


The exam will take place on July 27th, from 8.00 to 12.00, in the Computer Graphics Chair.

Here is the preliminary schedule:

Fanyu Ye: 8.00 - 8.30
Pascal Grittmann: 8.30 - 9.00
Kireeti Bodduna: 9.00 - 9.30
Kareem Ergawy: 9.30 - 10.00
Lukas Brausch: 10.00 - 10.30
Benjamin Sommer: 10.30 - 11.00
Patrick Bender: 11.00 - 11.30
Mykola Byelytskyy: 11.30 - 12.00

Exam results

Last 3 numbers of the student ID Grade
973 2.7
539 1.0
469 2.0
084 1.0
586 1.0
487 1.7
630 1.3
936 1.7


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.

Here is a list of other reference materials you can use, grouped by topic: