Course paper / final thesis

Rendering of realistic clouds at all scales for virtual reality

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Duration of contract

6 months

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"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

Your mission:

Goal of this thesis is to develop algorithms for rendering realistic clouds during the simulated launch and re-entry of spacecrafts. The solution should be tailored for real-time visualisation in virtual reality.

In DLR’s department for Simulation and Software Technology, a virtual-reality simulation of our solar system is being developed. With sophisticated level-of-detail-algorithms, high resolution digital elevation models and satellite imagery, entire planets and space missions can be explored in real-time. Especially the rendering of realistic clouds at all scales – as seen from the orbit, from inside the clouds and from the ground – is a huge challenge.

In the scope of this thesis, existing algorithms shall be evaluated and new ones will be designed. Special attention has to be paid to the huge differences in scale: users may travel in seconds from orbit through the clouds and land on the planet’s surface. Different cloud types may be handled differently and level-of-detail systems might be required. Finally, benchmarks and comparisons with real-world photography shall prove the efficiency and effectiveness of the implementation. The performance impact and the applicability to other planets shall be discussed.

Your qualifications:

  • Computer Science student or similar
  • excellent programming skills with C++, OpenGL and GLSL
  • experience in working with HTML, CSS and JavaScript is a plus
  • preferably experience in working with Linux

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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