Fair freedom is a poisson distribution


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? Recall these 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!"


Video 1Snow and ice geomorphology of Antarctica. Courtesy Kalle Ljung / vimeo.
Video 2Complexity of geological formations, fluid dynamics and evolutionary adapted biosphere, e.g. vegetation, microorganisms, algae and others. Courtesy devinsupertramp / youtube.
Video 3Enormous level-of-detail spanned by distant geomorpholical formations (the mountains for instance) and by detailed, highly anisotropic scattering fur materials. Courtesy devinsupertramp / youtube.
Video 4Problem of surface representation and reconstruction. Courtesy Tom Jennings / vimeo.
Video 5Complex radiation and morphology of marine biosphere. Courtesy BioQuest Studios / vimeo.

Research Interests & Enthusiasm

  • Searching for novel approaches
  • Global (quantum) energy transport operator algorithms
  • Pseudo-continuous, dynamic level of detail
  • Mapping problems to weakly and strongly connected computing topologies
  • Geometry synthesis
    depending on physical processes, geomorphological and geophysical formation history, anthropogenic influences and artistic needs in both space and time domain
  • Image synthesis
  • Audio synthesis

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
  • Reading & Writing
  • Friends
  • Photography & Technology
  • Sports: Skiing, Hiking, Biking, Badminton
  • Entertainment: Music (e.g. OSTs), Adventure & Fantasy Movies (J. R. R. Tolkien)
  • Health-Cooking
  • Wellness
Zillertaler Alps, Austria 2014
Figure 1Hiking in the alpine high-altitude mountain zone, 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."

Figure 2Final rendered raster image of project 'Fallen Marble Hall' of rendering competition 2015 at the CG chair, University of Saarland.


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

To be announced

For advancing knowledge,
look at the scientific methodological storage.

Limits and properties we have to understand
of the problems at hand
before diving into further thinking
to prevent disoriented sinking.

Bachelor Thesis - Computer Science

Incremental Light Propagation Volumes in CAVE-like Installations
Advisor/Supervisor: Dr. Christoph Anthes / Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller
Media: PDF, MP4.

  title="Incremental Light Propagation Volumes in CAVE-like Installations",
  author="Sommer, Benjamin",
  school="Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München",
Bachelor thesis thumbnail image
Figure 3Raster image rendered interactively by my Bachelor thesis "Incremental Light Propagation Volumes in CAVE-like Installations", 2014.

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


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