Fakultät Informatik

Simulation and Animation

 Dr. Christian Dick

Simulation and Animation

Time, Place:

Mo. 13:00-13:45, MI 02.13.010

Di. 15:30-17:00, MI 02.13.010







This lecture covers the fundamentals of computer animation, with the focus on interpolation-based animation as well as animation based on physical simulation. The lecture is held in German language. The following topics are discussed:

  • Animation Process
  • Keyframe Interpolation
  • Representation and Interpolation of Orientation
  • Forward and Inverse Kinematics
  • Motion Capture
  • Rigid Body Simulation
  • Collision Detection and Response
  • Deformable Body Simulation (Mass Spring Systems, Elasticity Theory, FEM)
  • Fluid Simulation (Navier Stokes Equations, Projection Method, SPH)




Computer Animation

  • Parent: Computer Animation: Algorithms and Techniques, Morgan Kaufmann

Computer Graphics

  • Foley, Van Dam, Feiner, Hughes: Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, Addison-Wesley, 2nd edition in C
  • Akenine-Möller, Haines, Hoffman: Real-time Rendering, AK Peters
  • Watt, Watt: Computer Graphics, Addison-Wesley

Parametric Curves

Rigid Body Simulation

Collision Detection

Computational Fluid Dynamics

  • Griebel, Dornseifer, Neunhoeffer: Numerical Simulation in Fluid Dynamics: A Practical Introduction, Soc for Industrial & Applied Math

Lecture Slides




- In collaboration with partners from industry, we have a number of thesis topics available in the area of point-based rendering, geo-localization using public data, scene fusion from different viewpoints. If you are interested, please contact  westermann(at)tum.de


- Game Devel. Lab Practical for SS'18: kick off meeting on April 3rd,  details here. No matching system sign-up needed!


- One PhD position on   Turbulence Visualization is available at the Computer Graphics & Visualization group.