Prof. Dr. Nils Thuerey



Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Thuerey (b. 1979) works in the field of computer graphics, with a particular emphasis on physics-based deep learning algorithm. One focus of his research targets the simulation of fluid phenomena, such as water and smoke. These simulations find applications as visual effects in computer generated worlds, but also in many fields of engineering. Examples of his work are novel algorithms to make simulations easier to control, to handle detailed surface tension effects, and to increase the amount of turbulent detail.

After studying computer science, Professor Thuerey acquired a PhD for his work on liquid simulations in 2006. He received both degrees from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Until 2010 he held a position as a post-doctoral researcher at ETH Zurich, in collaboration with Ageia/Nvidia. Subsequently, he worked for three years as Research & Development Lead at ScanlineVFX, developing large scale physics-simulators for visual effects. Since fall 2013 he has been Professor for Physics-based Simulation at TUM.


  • Starting Grant "realFlow", European Research Council (ERC) (2014)
  • Technical Oscar (Technical achievement award of the AMPAS) (2012)
  • University of Erlangen Staedtler Graduation Award (2008)

Chu M, Xie Y, Franz E, Thuerey N: "tempoGAN: A Temporally Coherent, Volumetric GAN for Super-Resolution Fluid Flow". ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH). 2018; 37(4): 1-15.


Ando R, Thuerey N, Wojtan C: “Highly Adaptive Liquid Simulations on Tetrahedral Meshes”. ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH). 2013; 32(4): 1-10.


Pfaff T, Thuerey N, Gross M: “Lagrangian Vortex Sheets for Animating Fluids”. ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH). 2012; 31(4): 1-8.


Thuerey N, Wojtan C, Gross M, Turk G: “A Multiscale Approach to Mesh-based Surface Tension Flows”. ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH). 2010, 29(4): 1-10.


Kim T, Thuerey N, James D, Gross M: “Wavelet Turbulence for Fluid Simulation”. ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH). 2008; 27(3): 1-6.