Global Illumination and Image-Based Rendering

SS 2012
ECTS 6 (V3/Ü2)
Campus, L2P
Course Dates:
Lecture Tue, 10:00 - 11:30, starting 3rd Apr 2012 AH V
Lecture Fri, 10:00 - 11:30, starting 13th Apr 2012, bi-weekly AH V
Exercise Thu, 14:00 - 15:30, starting 12th Apr 2012 6317
Exam (1st) 27th Jul 2012, 13:00 AH VI
Exam (2nd) 21st Sep 2012, 10:00 Aula 2

In this lecture we consider techniques for the generation and synthesis of photo-realistic images. The most important part of this process is the simulation of light distribution. The following are the main topics covered by this lecture:

Global Illuminaton:

  • Rendering Equation
  • Radiosity Approach
  • Monte-Carlo- and Metropolis-Methods
  • Photon Mapping

Image-Based Rendering:

  • Lighfields and their Generation
  • Rendering and Compression
  • The Lumigraph
  • Image Retargeting

Course Material:

Exercises and learning material are in the L2P room. Register via campus or send an email with name, matr. number and rwth-email to the above contact.


  • Preliminary Lecture Notes, pp. 107-end
  • Foley, van Dam, Feiner, Hughes: Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, Section 16.11 - 16.13
  • Philip Dutre, Kavita Bala, Philippe Bekaert: Advanced Global Illumination
  • Henrik W. Jensen: Realistic Image Synthesis Using Photon Mapping
  • P. Debevec et al.: Image-Based Modeling, Rendering, and Lighting, SIGGRAPH 99 Course Notes



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