Course Virtual Reality

Prof. Dr. Bernd Fröhlich
Dr. rer. nat. Alexander Kulik
Dipl.-Mediensys.wiss. André Kunert
M.Sc. Tim Weißker

This course presents the theoretical, technical and applied foundations of modern Virtual Reality systems, 3D TV, 3D Cinema, stereoscopic gaming and 3D user interfaces. The course focuses on the following topics:

  • Scenegraph technology
  • 3D viewing
  • 3D perception
  • Stereoscopic single- and multi-viewer display technology
  • Three-dimensional user interfaces and interaction techniques

The accompanying lab classes allow students to implement a set of 3D interaction techniques in stereoscopic environments. The VR lab provides access to the newest Virtual Reality technology such as multi-viewer 3D projections and head-mounted display systems.


  • Instructors: Prof. Dr. Bernd Fröhlich / Dr. rer. nat. Alexander Kulik
  • Teaching assistants
    • Dipl.-Medsys.wiss. André Kunert
    • M.Sc. Tim Weißker
  • Lecture schedule 
    • Introduction on 10 October 2017
    • Tuesdays, 3:15 - 4:45 pm
    • Location: Room 015, Bauhausstr. 11
  • Lab class schedule
    • Group A: Friday, 9:15am - 10:45am, starts 13 October 2017
    • Group B: Friday, 11:00am - 12:30pm, starts 13 October 2017
    • Location: VR-Lab, Room 008, Bauhausstr. 11
  • Target audience
    • M.Sc. Computer Science and Media
    • M.Sc. Computer Science for Digital Media
    • M.Sc. Human-Computer Interaction
  • Credits
    • Lecture + Lab Class: 4.5 ECTS
    • Lecture + Lab Class + Final Project: 6 ECTS


  • Oral exams
    • Regular exam dates: March 13 to March 15
      Please contact maria-theresa.hansens (at) for a timeslot until March 5
    • Exam dates before March 9 are welcome on individual request
      Please email the instructor about 10 days before you would like to perform your exam
    • Later dates – after March 15 – only on special request and with a significant reason
    • Q&A session for exam preparation on March 6, 15:15h-16:45h in room 015, B11
    • Please also use the video recordings from a previous course for preparation

Lecture Materials

The documents from the WS 2016/17 course serve as a basis and will be further developed. Video recordings from a previous course are also available. The files are only accessible from within the university network using a password provided during the first lecture. Please do not redistribute the materials.

    Lab Class Materials


    Your grade for this course is determined by the successful completion of the lab class (50%) and a final oral examination (50%).

    During the lab class, you will be asked to complete both theory and practice assignments. You need to achieve at least half of the points over all graded assignment sheets to pass. The average grade across all assignments is your total grade for the lab class. Group work in pairs of two students is permitted.

    The final examination is an oral discussion covering all topics of the lecture and lab class. Appointments for oral examinations will be made individually at the end of the course.

    The following scheme is applied to convert percentages to grades:

    • 1.0   >=95.0
    • 1.1   [93.5-95.0)
    • 1.2   [92.0-93.5)
    • 1.3   [90.5-92.0)
    • 1.4   [89.0-90.5)
    • 1.5   [87.5-89.0)
    • 1.6   [86.0-87.5)
    • 1.7   [84.5-86.0)
    • 1.8   [83.0-84.5)
    • 1.9   [81.5-83.0)
    • 2.0   [80.0-81.5)
    • 2.1   [78.5-80.0)
    • 2.2   [77.0-78.5)
    • 2.3   [75.5-77.0)
    • 2.4   [74.0-75.5)
    • 2.5   [72.5-74.0)
    • ...
    • 3.0   [65.0-66.5)
    • ...
    • 4.0   [50.0-51.5)
    • Less than 50% is insufficient for a passing grade.

    Final Project (optional)

    The final project (graded separately and awarded additional 1.5 ECTS) requires the participants to apply the obtained theoretical and practical skills of the course in the design, implementation and presentation of an individual small research project. In particular, you will be asked to develop a concept, come up with an effective and efficient implementation in a 3D engine and present your results in a concise talk. This is an invaluable opportunity to work on an interesting topic of your choice with the state-of-the-art VR-hardware available in our lab like head-mounted displays, multi-user projection systems and multi-touch tabletops. Group work in pairs of two students is permitted.