- Instructor:
*Dr. David Breen* - E-mail: david_AT_cs.drexel.edu
- Office: University Crosings 114
- Office Hours: Wed 4:00-5:30
- Class Hours: Tues 6:00-8:50
- Class Location: University Crossings 149
- Phone: (215) 895-1626
- Teaching Assistant:
*Manolya Eyiyurekli* - E-mail: me52_AT_cs.drexel.edu
- Office: University Crossings 129
- Office Hours: Thursday, 3:00 → 5:00

- Introduction to Computer Graphics, by James D. Foley, Andries van Dam, et al. Addison-Wesley Pub Co, 1994; ISBN: 0201609215

- Curves and Surfaces for CAGD, 5th ed., by Gerald Farin. Published by Morgan-Kaufmann, 2002; ISBN: 1-55860-737-4
- Fundamentals of Computer Graphics, 2nd ed., by Peter Shirley et al., AK Peters, 2005, ISBN: 1-56881-269-8

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Computer Graphics represents a vast technical field,
ranging from mathematics and geometry topics to computer hardware and
software engineering topics to rendering, animation and virtual
reality, far more than can be comprehensively covered in a 10 week
term. Computer Graphics I is designed to provide students with an
introduction to the fundamental algorithms of computer graphics
through detailed coverage of the mathematics and implementation of
2D and 3D line, curve and surface drawing. The
course culminates with a focus on 3D viewing
and visible surface algorithms.

Students are required to have taken CS260
(Data Structures), CS 350 (Software Design)
and Math 201 (Linear
Algebra). You will find this course extremely difficult if you do
not have strong (B or better) linear algebra skills. Minimal review of
linear algebra will be given in this class. Students are assumed to
have excellent knowledge of programming. Students can use whatever
programming language they wish (C, C++, Java, etc.) for the
assignments in this class with the following caveat: you will need to
turn in both source code and an executable file for testing and
evaluation. Code must run, without dynamic linking, as a single
command-line process on the CS Department's Linux (tux) computers, or
possibly on a MacOS X computer.
Arguments passed to the
command-line will parameterize assignments; hence you'll need to
read command-line arguments (argc, argv) and parse input files. This
course is mathematically intense and implementationally challenging.
You will be required to implement complex data structures and
mathematical calculations as
a regular part of your assignments.

**Course Grading Scheme**

*I will use the standard grading scale of 100→ 90 (A), 89→ 80 (B),
79→ 70 (C), 69→ 60 (D), else (F).
Please also note that
incompletes will not be given for this course. *

**Assignments**

**Calendar**

- Assignments (80%)
- Presentation (10%)
- Final exam (10%)

Students __must__ work on the assignments __
individually__. No geometry or graphics libraries may be used in the
homework assignments.

1 point per day (max of 5 points) will be deducted from late assignments. You will be given a grade of**0** if an assignment is not
turned in by the last day of classes.

The programming assignments must be submitted on the class WebCT page before 11:59 PM on the due date.

*Note:* If the TA or instructor finds strong evidence of cheating
on assignments and/or the final examination, the student(s) involved
will receive an "F" in the course, and a memo describing the cheating
will be added to their student record. Be very careful, it is not
worth the risk.

*Note: *Your source code for all programming assignments will be
run through a plagiarism detection system. This program uses compiler
techniques, which are invariant of syntax and style. If you are
sharing/borrowing code with other classmates (from this or previous
years), you will get caught.

**Presentation**

**Every student will make a 10 minute presentation based on a
research paper from the
SIGGRAPH Proceedings
or the
Seminal
Graphics Collection**

Students should choose a paper from 1995 or earlier on a subject that will not be covered in class by Professor Breen.
### Presentation Schedule

**Examinations**

**There will be a final exam on the material from class that is
not covered by the regular assignments.**

1 point per day (max of 5 points) will be deducted from late assignments. You will be given a grade of

The programming assignments must be submitted on the class WebCT page before 11:59 PM on the due date.

- Assignment 1 (Draw clipped lines) - Due January 22

- Assignment 2 (Sutherland-Hodgman polygon clipping) - Due February 5

- Assignment 3 (Draw clipped, filled polygons) - Due February 19

- Assignment 4 (Draw 3D lines) - Due March 5

- Assignment 5 (Z-buffer rendering) - Due March 19

- Extra Credit Assignment (Bezier curve drawing) - Due March 19

Students should choose a paper from 1995 or earlier on a subject that will not be covered in class by Professor Breen.

- January 24 - Sanket Rambhia
- February 7 - Yaqi Zhang
- February 14 - Nate Jackson
- February 14 - Lee Rosenfeldt
- February 28 - Dan Brooks
- February 28 - Simon Galperin
- March 7 - David Turner

Week 1 (January 9 - 13)

- Reading Assignment - F et al.: Chapter 1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.9
- January 10 - Lecture :
Introduction 6 per page

- January 10 -
Lecture:
Lines 6 per page

- XPM Manual

- Reading Assignment - F et al.: Chapter 5
- January 17 -
Lecture:
2D-Transformations 6 per page

- January 17 -
Lecture:
3D-Transformations 6 per page

- January 22 - Assignment 1 Due

- Sanket Rambhia presentation
- Reading Assignment - F et al.: 3.3→3.6, 3.10, 3.11, 9.1
- January 24 - Lecture: Polygons 6 per page
- January 24 - Lecture: Circles 6 per page

- Reading Assignment - F et al.: 9.2→9.2.3
- January 31 - Lectures:
Introduction To Curves 6 per page

- January 31 - Lecture: Bezier 6 per page
- February 5 - Assignment 2 Due

- Yaqi Zhang presentation
- Reading Assignment - F et al.: 9.2.4→9.2.8
- February 7 - Lecture: Bsplines and NURBS 6 per page
- February 7 - Lecture: Drawing NURBS 6 per page

- Nate Jackson presentation
- Lee Rosenfeldt presentation
- Reading Assignment - F et al.: 3.7, 3.14, 6.1→6.4
- February 14 - Lecture: Thick Primitives 6 per page
- February 14 - Lecture: Introduction to 3D Viewing 6 per page
- February 19 - Assignment 3 Due

- Reading Assignment - F et al.: 6.5→6.7, Chapter 11
- February 21 - Lecture: Math of 3D Viewing 6 per page
- February 21 - Lecture: Color 6 per page

- Dan Brooks presentation
- Simon Galperin presentation
- Reading Assignment - F et al.: 13→13.4, 9.3, 9.4
- February 28 - Lecture: Culling, Z-Buffering and Ray Tracing 6 per page
- February 28 - Lecture: Surfaces 6 per page
- March 5 - Assignment 4 Due

- David Turner presentation
- Reading Assignment - F et al.: Chapter 10
- March 7 - Lecture: Subdivision Surfaces and Solid Modeling
- March 7 - Lecture: Solid Models 6 per page

- Reading Assignment - F et al.: 9.5
- March 14 - Lecture: Fractals 6 per page
- March 14 - Lecture: Level Set Models 6 per page
- March 19 - Assignment 5 Due