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Image Synthesis
(dt. Bildsynthese)

Level, degree of commitment in original study programme Advanced module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement: Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
Examination type: Oral or written examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for study course M.Sc. Computer Sciences.
Original study programme M.Sc. Informatik / Vertiefungsbereich Informatik
One semester,
In der Regel jedes Sommersemester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Thorsten Thormählen


  • Simulation of light transport
  • Global Lighting Methods
  • Efficient programming of stream processors
  • 3D modelling and compositing
  • Volume rendering

Qualification Goals

In this module, methods are presented that enable the participants to create computer-generated images of high visual quality. This includes topics such as: Modeling a dynamic virtual 3D scene, free-form curves and surfaces, methods for global illumination, or rendering of volumetric data. Another objective of the course is to give participants an understanding of the architecture of current graphics cards, such that the graphics card is recognized as an extremely powerful stream processor with multiple parallel processing units that can also be used for complex calculations outside the realm of computer graphics. Parallel programming of the graphics card using CUDA is trained by practical examples. In addition, the course aims at improving the overall ability of the participants to perform scientific work, to solve problems, and to communicate.


None. The competences taught in the following modules are recommended: Object-oriented Programming, Graphics Programming.

Recommended Reading

  • Foley, James D.; Dam, Andries van; Feiner, Steven K.; Hughes, John F.: Computer Graphics - Principles and Practice, Addison Wesley, 1990; Zeppenfeld, Klaus: Lehrbuch der Grafikprogrammierung, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, 2003/2004; Encarnacao, J.; Straßer, W.; Klein, R.: Graphische Datenverarbeitung I und II, Oldenbourg, 1996; Bungartz, Hans Joachim; Griebel, Michael; Zenger, Christoph: Einführung in die Computergraphik, Vieweg 2002; Bender, Michael; Brill, Manfred: Computergrafik., Hanser 2003; Watt, Alan: 3D Computer Graphics, Addison-Wesley 1999; Watt, Alan; Policarpo, Fabio: 3D Games: Real-time Rendering and Software Technology, Addison Wesley, 2001.

Please note:

This page describes a module according to the latest valid module guide in Sommersemester 2021. Most rules valid for a module are not covered by the examination regulations and can therefore be updated on a semesterly basis. The following versions are available in the online module guide:

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