"True courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one." (The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien, Movie)


Stockholm, Sweden, 2015

 

 

When do I paint? Always. I'm painting now while I look at you and speak with you.

Joaquin Sorolla, 1909

 

Give. Trust and hope to be given back.

Benjamin Sommer

There's so many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones

Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms
Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, Austria, 2016 Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður, Iceland, Autumn 2015 North Sweden, Spring 2015 Zillertaler Alps, Austria 2014 Starnberger See, Munich, Germany, Spring 2014 Lanzarote, Summer 2014

Dreaming of Solutions

Take a look at the video below. Can you imagine to synthesize them in the same presented quality interactively using suitable data embedded in some high-dimensional space? Remind those tiny, high-frequency, complex details. How can we synthesize them efficiently, as seen from a computational time and artist perspective?

"This goal. This dream. Giving up? Stop searching? Certainly not!"

 

 

Enthusiasm

  • Searching for new approaches
  • Physical materials generated effectively and efficiently depending on physical processes, geomorphological and geophysical formation history, anthropogenic influences and artistic needs in both space and time domain
  • Being passionate about global (quantum) energy transport algorithms
  • Frameless Synthesis
  • Mapping problems to weakly and strongly connected computing topologies

"When I see great images, e.g. in nature or photography, it feels like I want to simulate them."

Hobbies & Recreation

  • Traveling: Places, Cultures, People, Geomorphology, Biosphere
  • Photography & Technology
  • Sports: Skiing, Hiking, Biking, Badminton
  • Entertainment: OSTs, Adventure & Fantasy Movies
  • Reading & Writing
  • Health-Cooking
  • Wellness
Zillertaler Alps, Austria 2014

Notable Activities & Achievements

Feb. 12, 2015
Won the 2nd Rendering Competition Prize in the course "Computer Graphics" at the Saarland University Germany during my master in Visual Computing.

A path tracer with russian roulette proportional to luminance of path throughput, combined with multiple importance sampling of the BRDF and area light sources, as well as stratified image plane sampling with Mitchell filtering. See Details

 

"This brings me a tiny little step nearer to my goal."

 

Dec. 16, 2014
Presentation of my Bachelor thesis "Incremental Light Propagation Volumes in CAVE-like Installations" at the Open Lab Day at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Munich, Germany. See Program

 

Sept. 24, 2014
Bachelor thesis "Incremental Light Propagation Volumes in CAVE-like Installations" at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Munich, Germany.

Master Thesis - Visual Computing

Work in Progress

Bachelor Thesis - Computer Science

Incremental Light Propagation Volumes in CAVE-like Installations, LMU Munich Germany.
Advisor: Dr. Christoph Anthes. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller

See PDF, Video

Bachelor thesis thumbnail image

 

"Gave me a lot of experiences with CUDA, plain optimized OpenGL. Sometimes it was just work, but most of the time it felt more like fun. Thanks for giving this opportunity."

Papers

Incremental Light Propagation Volumes in Multi-Display Environments
B. Sommer, C. Anthes, D. Kranzlmüller.
Submitted to Eurographics 2015. Status: rejected.