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M.Sc. Michael Kern

I am a PhD candidate working at the visualization and computer graphics group of Rüdiger Westermann. My main research topic is scientific visualization of meteorological data, in particular, detecting 3-dimensional extremal features in scalar / vector fields and quantifying the uncertainty in ensemble data.

I am in charge of the seminar "How to make a PIXAR movie" and design exercises for the practical course "Game Engine Design".

How to get in Touch




+49 89 289 19454


+49 89 289 19462




Technische Universität München
Informatik 15 (Computer Graphik & Visualisierung)
Boltzmannstrasse 3
85748 Garching bei München


Interactive 3D Visual Analysis of Atmospheric Fronts [ Page]
Michael Kern, Tim Hewson, Andreas Schäfler, Rüdiger Westermann and Marc Rautenhaus
to appear in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VIS 2018)

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Robust Detection and Visualization of Jet-stream Core Lines in Atmospheric Flow [ Page]
Michael Kern, Tim Hewson, Andreas Schäfler, Rüdiger Westermann and Marc Rautenhaus
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VIS 2017)

[ doi] [Bibtex]

Interactive Visual Exploration and Refinement of Cluster Assignments [ Page]
Michael Kern, Alexander Lex, Nils Gehlenborg, and Chris R. Johnson
BMC Bioinformatics

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Three-dimensional visualization of ensemble weather forecasts - Part 1: The visualization tool Met.3D (version 1.0)

Marc Rautenhaus, Michael Kern, Andreas Schäfler, and Rüdiger Westermann 
Geoscientific Model Development, 8, 2329 -2353, 2015

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Anonymity: A Formalization of Privacy - l-Diversity
Michael Kern, Ralph Holz
Proceeding zum Seminar Future Internet (FI), Innovative Internet Technologien und Mobilkommunikation (IITM) und Autonomous Communication Networks (ACN) (Vol. 49), 2013

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Winter Term 2018 / 2019 -  Seminar: How to make A PIXAR movie

Summer Term 2018 -  Seminar: How to make A PIXAR movie

Winter Term 2017/2018 -  Seminar: How to make A PIXAR movie

Thesis Topics


For students who are looking for a thesis topic or work as a research assistant (RA), do not hesitate to ask me.

Here is a list of thesis topics:

  • Visualization of Shape Ensembles (Bachelor / Master / RA)
  • Cloud Detection and Tracking (Master, RA)
  • Virtual Globe Visualization (Master)
  • Flow Visualization in Meteorology (Bachelor)
  • Deep Shadow Mapping (Bachelor / Master)

Supervised Thesis


"Opacity-based Rendering of Large Trajectory Datasets with Pixel Synchronization" - Christoph Neuhauser - Bachelor Thesis (currently supervising)

"3D Visualization of Surface Topography in Meteorology" - Erik Kynast - Bachelor Thesis

"The Value of Map Projections in Meteorology" - Annalena Bloch - Bachelor Thesis


"Visualization of Simulated Air Currents for Weather Forecasting and Meteorological Research" - Philipp Kaiser - Master Thesis


"Opacity-Based Rendering of Lagrangian Particle Trajectories in Met.3D" - Max Bandle - Bachelor Thesis - (partly supervised)






- 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


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