186.101 Rendering
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC

Properties

  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Aim of course

This course aims to give an overview of basic and state-of-the-art methods of rendering. Offline methods such as ray and path tracing, photon mapping and many other algorithms are introduced and various refinement explained.

The basics of the involved physics, such as geometric optics, surface and media interaction with light and camera models are outlined.
The apparatus of Monte Carlo methods is introduced which is heavily used in several algorithms and its refinement in the form of stratified sampling and the Metropolis-Hastings method is explained.

At the end of the course students should be familiar with common techniques in rendering and find their way around the current state-of-the-art of the field. Furthermore the exercises should deepen the attendees' understanding of the basic principles of light transport and enable them to write a simple rendering program themselves.

Please refer to the course webpage to get information on when the next lecture takes place.

Subject of course

  • Rendering theory
    Basic optics, rendering equation, filtering
  • Rendering algorithms
    Ray tracing, radiosity, (bidirectional) path tracing, Metropolis light transport, (stochastic progressive) photon mapping, path space regularization, vertex connection and merging
  • Acceleration techniques
    Spatial hierarchies, sampling strategies,
  • Surface representations
    BRDF models: Lambert, Phong, Oren-Nayar, Cook-Torrance, Ashikhmin-Shirley
  • Participating media
    Scattering, volumetric photon mapping, photon beams
  • Higher dimensional effects
    Motion blur, depth of field
  • Camera models
    Pinhole, Perspective, Orthographic
  • Post processing
    HDR, tone mapping

Subject to refinement. Definite version here.

Additional information

Literature:

  • Physically Based Rendering, Second Edition: From Theory To Implementation, M. Pharr and G. Humphreys, Homepage, ACM
    The main book of the lecture (referred to as PBRT).

  • Course on Monte-Carlo Methods in Global Illumination, L. Szirmay-Kalos, Link
    A free course scriptum that gives a detailed explanation of the mathematical foundations of Global Illumination.

 Unit 1 - Introduction, Radiometry

  • PBRT, 5.4, 5.5

  • Radiometry, S. Marschner, Link
    Course notes in radiometry

  • A framework for realistic rendering, D. Greenberg, K. Torrance, P. Shirley, J. Arvo, J. A. Ferwerda, S. Pattanaik, E. P. F. Lafortune, B. Walter, S. Foo, B. Trimbone, in Proceedings of SIGGRAPH 97, Link
    Description of an early framework for realistic rendering

Lecture slides and assignments

ECTS Breakdown:

3 ECTS = 75 hours

  • Lecture: 30 hours
  • Assignments: 30 hours
  • Exam preparation: 15 hours

Course information:

Consult the course page here.

Lecturers

Institute

Course dates

DayTimeDateLocationDescription
Wed13:00 - 15:0006.03.2019 - 26.06.2019Seminarraum FAV 05 (Seminarraum 186) Achtung - dieses Jahr keine Anwesenheit (siehe Homepage!)
Rendering - Single appointments
DayDateTimeLocationDescription
Wed06.03.201913:00 - 15:00Seminarraum FAV 05 (Seminarraum 186) Achtung - dieses Jahr keine Anwesenheit (siehe Homepage!)
Wed13.03.201913:00 - 15:00Seminarraum FAV 05 (Seminarraum 186) Achtung - dieses Jahr keine Anwesenheit (siehe Homepage!)
Wed20.03.201913:00 - 15:00Seminarraum FAV 05 (Seminarraum 186) Achtung - dieses Jahr keine Anwesenheit (siehe Homepage!)
Wed27.03.201913:00 - 15:00Seminarraum FAV 05 (Seminarraum 186) Achtung - dieses Jahr keine Anwesenheit (siehe Homepage!)
Wed03.04.201913:00 - 15:00Seminarraum FAV 05 (Seminarraum 186) Achtung - dieses Jahr keine Anwesenheit (siehe Homepage!)
Wed10.04.201913:00 - 15:00Seminarraum FAV 05 (Seminarraum 186) Achtung - dieses Jahr keine Anwesenheit (siehe Homepage!)
Wed08.05.201913:00 - 15:00Seminarraum FAV 05 (Seminarraum 186) Achtung - dieses Jahr keine Anwesenheit (siehe Homepage!)
Wed15.05.201913:00 - 15:00Seminarraum FAV 05 (Seminarraum 186) Achtung - dieses Jahr keine Anwesenheit (siehe Homepage!)
Wed22.05.201913:00 - 15:00Seminarraum FAV 05 (Seminarraum 186) Achtung - dieses Jahr keine Anwesenheit (siehe Homepage!)
Wed29.05.201913:00 - 15:00Seminarraum FAV 05 (Seminarraum 186) Achtung - dieses Jahr keine Anwesenheit (siehe Homepage!)
Wed05.06.201913:00 - 15:00Seminarraum FAV 05 (Seminarraum 186) Achtung - dieses Jahr keine Anwesenheit (siehe Homepage!)
Wed12.06.201913:00 - 15:00Seminarraum FAV 05 (Seminarraum 186) Achtung - dieses Jahr keine Anwesenheit (siehe Homepage!)
Wed19.06.201913:00 - 15:00Seminarraum FAV 05 (Seminarraum 186) Achtung - dieses Jahr keine Anwesenheit (siehe Homepage!)
Wed26.06.201913:00 - 15:00Seminarraum FAV 05 (Seminarraum 186) Achtung - dieses Jahr keine Anwesenheit (siehe Homepage!)

Examination modalities

Practical and mathematical assignments.
Final oral exam.

Assignments take up 40% of the final mark. The distribution is uniform, i.e. assignments 1-4 give you 10-10% each. Plus points can be obtained by solving the "pro" versions of the individual problems. It is possible to hand in assignments late, but 20% of the points will be deducted every 24 hours after the deadline.

The oral exam gives 60% of the mark. Students who don't hand in all the assignments are still eligible for the exam, but it is very strongly advised since the exam builds upon the knowledge obtained throughout the completion of the assignments.

The grades are calculated the following way:
0-59% - 5
60-69% - 4
70-79% - 3 
80-89% - 2 
90-100% - 1 

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
05.03.2019 00:00 24.04.2019 23:59 26.03.2019 23:59

Registration modalities:

Registration via TISS

Curricula

Literature

No lecture notes are available.

Preceding courses

Miscellaneous

Language

English