Master-Seminar – Deep Learning in Computer Graphics (IN2107, IN0014)

LecturerNils ThuereyRüdiger WestermannKiwon UmRachel Chu 
StudiesMaster Informatics
Time, PlaceMondays 16:00-18:00, Seminar room: MI 02.13.010
Begin9 April 2018


In this course, students will autonomously investigate recent research about machine learning techniques in the field of computer graphics. Independent investigation for further reading, critical analysis, and evaluation of the topic are required.


  • It is only allowed to miss a single time-slot. Missing a second one means failing the seminar. If you have to miss any, please let us know in advance.
Presentation (slides)
  • The participants have to present their topics in a talk (in English), which should last 30 minutes. Don't put too many technical details into the talk, make sure the audience gets the paper's main idea. Be prepared to answer questions regarding the technical details, you could prepare backup slides for that.
  • Afterwards, a short discussion session will follow (+ ~10 minutes).
  • The slides should be structured according to your presentation. You can use any layout or template you like.
  • Plagiarism is important; please do not simply copy the original authors' slides. You can certainly refer to them.
  • The semi-final slides (PDF) should be sent one week before the talk; otherwise, the talk will be canceled. We strongly encourage you to finalize the semi-final version as far as possible. We will take a look at the version and give feedback. You can revise your slides until your presentation.
  • Be ready in advance. We suggest testing the machines you are going to use before the lecture starts. You can bring your laptop or ask us one (also any converter you need for the projector) in advance. A laser pointer will be provided, so you can use if you want.
  • A short report (4 pages max., excluding references, in the ACM SIGGRAPH TOG format (acmtog) - you can download the precompiled latex template) should be prepared and sent within two weeks after the talk, i.e., by 23:59 on Monday. When you send the report, please send the final slides (PDF) as well.
  • Guideline: You can begin with writing a summary of the work you present as a start point; but, it would be better if you focus more on your own research rather than just finishing with the summary of the paper. We, including you, are not interested in revisiting the work done before; it is more meaningful if you make an effort to put your own reasoning about the work, such as pros and cons, limitation, possible future work, your own ideas for the issues, etc.

Preliminary Schedule

16 March 2018Deadline for sending an e-mail with 3 preferences
23 March 2018Notification of assigned paper


09 Apr 2018No LecturePreparation
16 Apr 2018Dominik Fuchsgruber2016, Dong et al., Image Super-Resolution Using Deep Convolutional Networks, IEEE Trans. Pattern Anal. Mach. Intell.
16 Apr 2018Mert Ülker2017, Dahl et al., Pixel Recursive Super Resolution,
23 Apr 2018Vladimir Poliakov2014, Goodfellow et al., Generative Adversarial Networks, Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 27
23 Apr 2018Daniel Matter2015, Mnih et al., Human-Level Control Through Deep Reinforcement Learning, Nature
CancelledAhmad Tahir2015, Gryka et al., Learning to Remove Soft Shadows, ACM Trans. Graph.
30 Apr 2018Konstantin Weißenow2017, Li et al., Deep Extraction of Manga Structural Lines, ACM Trans. Graph.
07 May 2018Khushbu Saxena2016, Ruder et al., Artistic Style Transfer for Videos, GCPR
(optional) 2015, Gatys et al., A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style,
07 May 2018Maheswaran Rajesh2017, Wang et al., O-CNN: Octree-based Convolutional Neural Networks for 3D Shape Analysis, ACM Trans. Graph.
14 May 2018Martin Eisenmann2017, Chu and Thuerey, Data-driven Synthesis of Smoke Flows with CNN-based Feature Descriptors, ACM Trans. Graph.
14 May 2018Fabian Kilger2018, Xie et al., tempoGAN: A Temporally Coherent, Volumetric GAN for Super-resolution Fluid Flow,
21 May 2018No TalkWhit Monday
28 May 2018Jeremias Bohn2016, Peng et al., Terrain-adaptive Locomotion Skills Using Deep Reinforcement Learning, ACM Trans. Graph.
28 May 2018Moritz Becher2017, Holden et al., Phase-functioned Neural Networks for Character Control, ACM Trans. Graph.
04 Jun 2018Jan Ahlbrecht2017, Suwajanakorn et al., Synthesizing Obama: Learning Lip Sync from Audio, ACM Trans. Graph.
04 Jun 2018Kaan Bagci2017, Karras et al., Audio-driven Facial Animation by Joint End-to-end Learning of Pose and Emotion, ACM Trans. Graph.
11 Jun 2018Kilian Schmidt2017, Gharbi et al., Deep Bilateral Learning for Real-time Image Enhancement, ACM Trans. Graph.
11 Jun 2018Malte Schmitz2017, Bako et al., Kernel-predicting Convolutional Networks for Denoising Monte Carlo Renderings, ACM Trans. Graph.

You can access the papers through TUM library's eAccess.