Winter Semester 2011/2012


The focus of this introductory course is on discussing efficient techniques to visually represent large-scale data sets from simulation and measurement. Starting with a brief introduction on the data generation processes the visualization pipeline, data structures, mapping techniques and special rendering techniques for scientific data will be discussed. Various examples will be given to outline the benefits of visualization techniques in practical applications.

See some visualizations for yourself (these videos have been created with Amira by me and my colleagues at Zuse Institute Berlin):

Course topics:

Expected Work

The course is suitable for MS students. Students will create their own (small) visualization system from scratch in C++. Familiarity with basic computer graphics (or motivation to learn this fast) is desirable. Assessment will be based on an oral exam at the end of the semester.

Oral Exam

To be admitted to the exam, you need to have