Advanced Image Synthesis

  • SWS: 2V + 2Ü   - 6 ECTS
  • prerequisites: Computer Graphics


This is an advanced course on photo realistic image synthesis. The course will cover the theory of global illumination computations and will give an introduction to Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo methods as one way of solving the rendering equation. In addition, we will discuss surface appearance models, and their representation based on spherical harmonics or wavelets, leading to other photorealistic rendering techniques such as precomputed radiance transfer methods.

The topics covered in this course are:

  • Monte Carlo Integration and Simulation
  • Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods
  • Path Tracing and Bidirectional Path Tracing
  • Metropolis Sampling
  • Photon Mapping
  • Hierarchical Radiosity
  • Appearance Modeling
  • Spherical Harmonics and Wavelets
  • Precomputed Radiance Transfer (PRT)
  • Texture Synthesis

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mögliche Prüfungstermine: 

  • 21.07.
  • 27.09., 28.09.
  • 05.10., 06.10.


  • Weekly exercises (necessary for admission to final exam)
    • for the admission to the final exam you need to have
      1. an average of at least 50% of the points of all exercises.
      2. at least 30% of the points in each weakly exercise.
    • earning more than 80% of the exercise points will add a bonus of 0,3 on you final grade
    • exercises must be presented in exercise meetings
    • groups of maximally 2 students are allowed
  • Oral exam

Exercise Groups

Room and Time: 331


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hendrik Lensch

Holger Dammertz


Teaching Assistants

Johannes Hanika


Lecture Dates

Room and Time:

Mi 10-12,  room 027/2203

Exercise meetings:

Mo 13-15, room O27/331