Fakultät Informatik

Simulation for Visual Effects

 Prof. Dr. Nils Thuerey

Simulation for Visual Effects (IN 2298)

Time, Place:

Mo. , 12:15, 00.13.009A

Thu., 10:15, HS2

First lecture: Thu., Apr. 14.; no lecture on Apr. 11.


Computer Graphics and Game Physics highly recommended


moodle page




- New in 2016 - this year, the lecture will include a chapter on state-of-the-art Deep Learning techniques. This machine learning algorithm is becoming an important tool for many CS disciplines, numerical simulations included.

- The First lecture will take place Thu., Apr. 14. at 10:15; There won't be a lecture on Mo., Apr. 11.



This lecture covers the fundamentals of physical simulation for visual effects, with a particular emphasis on fluid simulations and elasticity. The lecture and exercises will all be in English. The following topics are discussed:

  • Discretziation & accuracy
  • Fluid modeling
  • Advection & pressure
  • Single- and multi-phase flow
  • Elasticity modeling
  • Finite element discretization
  • Implicit integration
  • Visualization techniques


Computer Gaphics Fundamentals, and Game Physics (Lagrangian simulation techniques)


Computer Animation

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

Computational Fluid Dynamics


  • William S. Slaughter, The linearized theory of elasticity, Birkhaeuser, 2002




Lecture Slides

Will be made available on the moodle page



- 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.