Realistic Image Synthesis

Course, Summer Semester 2017

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

  • Tuesdays 12h-14h
  • Thursdays 10-12h

Location: HS 001, Building E1 3

Oral exam

The oral exam will take place in the Computer Graphics Chair, E 1 1 on Tuesday, August 22nd between 9:00 and 14:00.


Shiya Wang09:00 - 09:30
Marimuthu Kalimuthu09:30 - 10:00
Julius Kilger10:00 - 10:30
Alex Grethen10:30 - 11:00
Moustafa Abouelenein11:00 - 11:30
Mohammad Shafiei11:30 - 12:00
Xintian Shi13:00 - 13:30


Re-exam: October, 23rd from 9:30 to 10:30, same place. Please register on LSF.



October 23rd

256177109:30 - 10:00
256732910:00 - 10:30



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Lectures and assignments

20.04Philipp SlusallekIntroduction
25.04Karol MyszkowskiRendering Equationpdf
27.04Karol MyszkowskiPerceptionpdf
02.05Karol MyszkowskiHDR & Tone Mapping
04.05Karol MyszkowskiPerception-based Renderingpdf video
09.05Karol MyszkowskiOvercoming Display Limitationspdf pdf video
16.05Philipp SlusallekProbability Theorypdf
18.05Arsène Pérard-GayotMonte-Carlo Integrationpdfpdf
23.05Philipp SlusallekBRDFs & Path Tracingpdf pdf
30.05Karol MyszkowskiFinite Elements and Radiositypdf
01.06Philipp SlusallekBRDFs & Path Tracing(see 23.05)pdf zip
06.06Karol MyszkowskiDensity Estimationpdf
08.06Karol MyszkowskiAdvanced Photon Mappingpdf pdf
13.06Karol MyszkowskiPRT & Environment Map Lighting pdf pdf
20.06EGSR (cancelled)


Karol MyszkowskiSpatio-Temporal Sampling and Reconstructionpdf
pdf zip
27.06Philipp SlusallekBidirectional Path Tracingpdf
29.06Arsène Pérard-GayotMetropolis Samplingpdf py
04.07Philipp SlusallekLight Cuts Ipdf pdf
06.07Arsène Pérard-Gayot & Pascal GrittmannA Practical Implementation of VCMpdf pdf
11.07Philipp SlusallekLight Cuts IIpdf pdf
13.07Philipp SlusallekGPU Renderingpdf
18.07Philipp SlusallekAnyDSL

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: