Realistic Image Synthesis

Course, Summer Semester 2018

General Information


Philipp Slusallek 

Karol Myszkowski  

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

Teaching Assistant:

Arsène Pérard-Gayot (homepage)

Okan Tarhan Tursun (okan dot tursun at mpi-inf dot mpg dot org)


Pascal Grittmann (s9pagrit at stud dot uni-saarland dot de)



Time and Location

  • Mondays 10h-12h
  • Thursdays 10-12h

Location: HS 001, Building E1 3

Oral exam


Mailing list

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Lectures and assignments


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 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: