Image Synthesis Techniques(CS348b)

Image Credits: Bear and River : David Hyde, Lingxiao Li, and Tushar Paul; Antique Cup of Tea : Sean Liu, Toki Migimatsu, and Wilbur Yang; Molten Glass : Kyle Fisher. Click here to see more winning entries from previous rendering competitions.


This course provides a broad overview of the theory and practice of making photo-realistic imagery. Rendering is treated as a problem in modeling and simulating the physics of light and appearance.


Every student is required to make 2 comments per lecture on the slides used in the course. Consult tips for commenting for hints on how to make good comments. Please login to the website, so you can submit your comments for the lecture slides.

Time and Place
Time: Tue/Thu 1:30 - 2:50
Room: Gates Building, Room B12

Pat Hanrahan
hanrahan [at] cs [dot] stanford [dot] edu
Gates 370
Office hours: Thu 3:00-4:00 pm

Matt Pharr
matt [dot] pharr [at] gmail [dot] com
Office hours:
Tue 3:00-4:00 pm
Location: Bytes Cafe

Your TA:
Feng Xie
feng [at] cs [dot] stanford [dot] edu
Office hours:
Mon and Fri 4:00pm-6:00pm
Location: Gates 386
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Jun 5
Assignments and Final Project
due Apr 12 Assignment 1: Studio lighting Submit
due Apr 24 Assignment 2: Sphere Tracing Distance Estimators
due May 7 Assignment 3: Light Field Camera
due May 15 Assignment 4: Sampling Efficiency Submit
due May 22 Final Project Proposal Submit
due Jun 11 Rendering Competition
due Jun 12 Final Project Report Submit

We will be using Piazza for discussions. The CS 348B Spring 2018 Piazza page is located here.

In depth course information can be found here.


Special thanks to Kayvon Fatahalian for the template for the course website.