Image Synthesis Techniques(CS348b)

Image Credits: Molten Glass : Kyle Fisher; Summertime Iridescence : Jennifer Tao and Cynthia Jia;
Cotton Candy : Chenlin Meng, Hubert Teo, and Jiren Zhu. 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. Comments must be made within 48 hours of the end of the lecture to receive credit.

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 2:30 pm - 3:50 pm
Zoom lecture and office hour links available on Canvas.

Pat Hanrahan
hanrahan [at] cs [dot] stanford [dot] edu
Office hours:
Thu 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Matt Pharr
matt [dot] pharr [at] gmail [dot] com
Office hours:
Tues 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Your TA:
Feng Xie
guess [at] stanford [dot] edu
Office hours:
Wed 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Jun 1
Assignments and Final Project
due Apr 6 Assignment 1: Studio lighting
due Apr 15 Assignment 2: Sphere Tracing Distance Estimators
due Apr 27 Assignment 3: Light Field Camera
due May 6 Assignment 4: Portal-Masked Environment Map Sampling
due May 17 Final Project Proposal
due Jun 4th Final Project Report
Course Discussion

We will be using Ed for discussions. The CS 348B Spring 2021 Ed page is located here. Use this link to join the group.

In depth course information can be found here.


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