Ray Tracing in Computer Graphics - Winter Term 2013/2014


This course provides the theoretical and practical foundations for computer graphics. It gives a wide overview of topics, techniques, and approaches used in various aspects of computer graphics with a focus on image synthesis and rendering, including texturing, shading, aliasing, sampling, and many more. After introducing the two basic algorithms for image synthesis, ray tracing and rasterization, it discusses the physical foundations of ray tracing in greater depth. As part of the practical exercises, the students incrementally build their own ray tracing system, which they will then use to generate a high-quality rendering for the end-of-term rendering competition.


Dr. Vincent Pegoraro (homepage)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Philipp Slusallek (homepage)

Teaching Assistant:

Piotr Danilewski (homepage)


Evgenii Golubev: golubev@<st-uds>

Philipp Harms: s9phharm@<st-uds>

where <st-uds> equals "stud.uni-saarland.de"




  • Programming experience with C++
  • Basic knowledge of linear algebra and analysis


Register for the course via the online system (open on TBA and close on TBA)

Mailing List:

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Date & Time: 

Lectures (link)

Start: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Time: Tuesday, 2 pm - 4 pm & Friday, 8 am - 10 am
Location: Building E1 3, Lecture Hall HS 001


Start: Monday, November 04, 2013
Time: Monday, 4 pm - 6 pm & Friday 10 am - 12 pm
Location: Building E1 3, Seminar Room SR 015



The weekly assignments, which include a mix of theoretical and programming exercises, will be posted under the "Course Schedule" tab in the navigation panel on the left-hand side of the page. (link)


The paper copies for the theoretical parts of the assignments will be collected at the beginning of the lecture on the due date. The programming parts must instead be sent by email to your respective tutors.

The code submitted for the programming part of the assignments is required to reproduce the provided reference images, and the submission ought to include the mandatory generated images. The submission should also contain a creative image show-casing all extra-credit features that have been implemented.

The projects are expected to compile and work out of the box on the machines in the CIP-pool students' lab in order to give the tutors a guaranty that the code will run on machines that both them and the students have access to.


Mid-TermFriday, December 6, 2013 at 8:30 am in Lecture Hall HS001

Final Exam: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm in Lecture Hall HS001


The course does not follow a particular book, but suggested readings include:

Possible Follow-Ups:

FoPra, HiWi-Jobs, Diploma, Bachelor and Master's Thesis