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Visualization in Science and Engineering
Typ: Wahlvorlesung
Semester: WS 2009/2010
Umfang: 2V+2Ü
Studiengang: Diplom Informatik, Diplom Softwaretechnik, InfoTech, Wirtschaftsinformatik
Dozent: Prof. Dr. Daniel Weiskopf
Dr. Filip Sadlo

Important Notes

  • NO LECTURE ON TUESDAY, 22.12.2009!
  • The lecture will start on Tuesday, 20. October.

Course Contents


Students will obtain a general overview of, and some basic knowledge about, visualization techniques, algorithms, and data structures as well as visual literacy and acquaintance with practical applications of visualization in science and engineering. Students will become proficient with practical aspects in a hands-on fashion by using existing visualization tools and applying them to example data from typical science and engineering disciplines (e.g. computational fluid dynamics, scanning devices, etc.).


Visualization deals with all aspects that are connected with the visual representation of data sets from scientific experiments, simulations, medical scanners, and the like in order to achieve a deeper understanding or a simpler representation of complex phenomena. To achieve this goal, both well-known techniques from the field of interactive computer graphics and completely new methods are applied. This course covers basic knowledge and practical applications of visualization by discussing the following topics:

  • Course introduction, historical remarks
  • Introductory visualization examples
  • Visualization pipeline
  • Basics of visual design and visual literacy
  • Aspects of human visual perception (color perception, Gestalt principles)
  • Data acquisition and representation (sampling and reconstruction; grids and data structures)
  • Basic mapping concepts
  • Visualization of scalar fields (isosurface extraction, volume rendering) and vector fields (particle tracing)
  • Information visualization and statistical graphics

Throughout the course, visualization methods are applied to practical examples from science and engineering, such as volumetric visualization of 3D data, flow data from computational fluid dynamics, scanner data, etc.


Recommended books:

  • C.D. Hansen, C.R. Johnson (eds.): The Visualization Handbook, Elsevier, 2005.
  • C. Ware: Information Visualization, Morgan Kaufmann, 2nd edition, 2004.
  • H. Schumann, W. Müller: Visualisierung. Grundlagen und allgemeine Methoden, Springer, 1999.
  • J. Böhringer, P. Bühler, P. Schlaich: Kompendium der Mediengestaltung für Digital- und Printmedien, Springer, 2006.

Course Material

Updates and extensions of the course slides will be provided during the course of the lectures.


Important Notes

  • ASSIGNMENT 7 has been extended for one week and is due Monday, 25.01.2010.
  • The next tutorial session after the winter holiday will be on Monday, 11. January 2010
  • ASSIGNMENT 6 was the last assignment for 2009! Furthermore, there will be NO TUTORIAL ON MONDAY, 21. December! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
  • Assignments are due Mondays 9am from now on.
  • There's no change in the schedule, the tutorial will continue to be held Mondays, 9:45 am.
  • Get the access card and the login for the VIS-pool at the secretariat (room 1.453) before Monday, 2. November. For this, you need a form signed by Filip Sadlo (TTI building).
  • New homework schedule: new assignments on Thursday, support on next Monday, due next Monday, discussion & presentation on same Monday.


Updates and extensions of the tutorial slides will be provided during the course.


Termine: Dienstag, 17:30 - 19:00 Uhr in V38.02
Übungen: Montag, 09:45 - 11:15 Uhr in V38.02/VIS-Pool
Tutor: Dipl.-Inf. Dr. Julian Heinrich
Dr. Steffen Koch
Dr. Harald Sanftmann

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