Time: Wednesday, 4th period (13.00 - 14.30)
Location: APB/E023
Quantity: 2L/2E/0P semester hours
Language: English


  • The preliminary date for the written exam for CMS students and all other students that can use it in their modules is on 11th of February 2019, 9.20 to 10.50 and will take place in room POT/13/U.
    CMS students need to sign up for the exam in SELMA during the period from the 10th till the 25th January 2019.
    All other students should sign up in JExam (if applicable) or directly in OPAL for the written exam from 14th January till 30th January 2019 or contact Ramona Behling for an appointment for an oral exam.
  • New slides are online.
  • Enrollment for the course work on OPAL has been extended, please send an email to the course work supervisors if you have problems enrolling.
  • Enrollment for the exercise/course work starts on Monday, 2018/10/01 at 10.00 am via JExam. There will be a waiting list. CMS students please enroll via the SELMA system.


This lecture covers the basics and practices of scientific visualization of measurement and experimental data, as well as simulation results. It teaches the basics of visual perception and their influence on the design of visualizations. Students will learn to confidently specify data by dimension, feature types, and structure and select appropriate visual attributes for a given specification. They learn the most important visualization forms for 2-, 3- and multidimensional observation spaces, as well as for scalar, vectorial, tensor-valued and multidimensional features. They will be able to select suitable techniques for the respective visualization task.

The course work will make students familiar with basic presentation- and interaction techniques and teaches them to thoroughly implement them in an interactive visual analysis system. It introduces important visualization frameworks and allows students to gather practical experience with them.

Visualization Gallery

A collection of previous student projects can be found in a gallery.


(topics and schedule are tentative and subject to change)
Week Date Location Lecture Slot (13:00) Course Work Slot (14:50)
41 10.10. APB/E023 L: Motivation & Introduction no course work
42 17.10. APB/E023 L: Perception L: Visual Variables (Updated version, Oct 17)
43 24.10. APB/E023 CW: Introduction & Toolkits CW: Intro Assignment 1
44 31.10. no lecture / course work (Reformation Day)
45 07.11. APB/E023 L: Attribute Visualization/Multivariate Data Vis. CW: Presentation Assignment 1, Intro Assignment 2
46 14.11. APB/E023 L: Attribute Visualization/Multivariate Data Vis. CW: Optional consultations (appointment via email)
47 21.11. no lecture / course work (Day of Repentance)
48 28.11. APB/E023 L: Visualizing Relations (Updated version, Nov 28) CW: Presentation Assignment 2, Intro Assignment 3
49 05.12. APB/E023 L: Time Visualization CW: Optional consultations (appointment via email)
50 12.12. APB/E023 L: Presentation and Interaction L: Introduction to Scientific Visualization (Updated version, Dec 19)
51 19.12. APB/E023 L: Data Preparation (Updated version, Jan 14) CW: Presentation Assignment 3, Intro Assignment 4
52 26.12. no lecture / course work (Christmas break)
1 02.01. no lecture / course work (Christmas break)
2 09.01. APB/E023 L: Volume Visualization CW: Optional consultations (appointment via email)
3 16.01. APB/E023 L: Vector Visualization CW: Presentation Assignment 4, Intro Assignment 5
4 23.01. APB/E023 L: Tensor & Particle Visualization CW: Optional consultations (appointment via email)
5 30.01. APB/E023 L: Summary & Outlook CW: Presentation Assignment 5