CS 585 Computer Graphics I
Section 501
  • Instructor: Dr. David Breen
    • E-mail: david_AT_cs.drexel.edu (replace _AT_ with @)
    • Office: Korman 297
    • Office Hours: Tue 3:00-5:00
    • Class Hours: Thur 6:00-8:50
    • Class Location: Matheson 304
    • Phone: (215) 895-1626
  • Grading Assistant: Ben Roberson
    • E-mail: mono_AT_drexel.edu (replace _AT_ with @)
Course Page : http://www.cs.drexel.edu/~david/Classes/CS585

Recommended Textbooks:
  1. Introduction to Computer Graphics, by James D. Foley, Andries van Dam, et al. Addison-Wesley Pub Co, 1994; ISBN: 0201609215
  2. Computer Graphics with OpenGL, Donald Hearn, M. Pauline Baker, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2004; ISBN: 0-13-015390-7
Suggested Supplemental Text:
  1. Curves and Surfaces for CAGD, 5th ed., by Gerald Farin. Published by Morgan-Kaufmann
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Course Objective

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 subject through detailed coverage of the mathematics and implementation of 2D and 3D curves and surfaces. The course culminates with a focus on 3D viewing and visible surface algorithms.


Pre-Requisites

Students are required to have taken CS260 (Introductory Data Structures and Algorithms) and Math 201 (Linear Algebra). You will find this course extremely difficult if you do not have strong (B or better) linear algebra skills. No 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, Lisp, 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 Solaris OS. 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 mathematical calculations as a regular part of your assignments.


Course Grading Scheme
  • Assignments (80%)
  • Presentation (10%)
  • Final exam (10%)
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

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 3 points) will be deducted from late assignments. You will be given a grade of 0 if an assignment is not turned in before the next assignment is due.
The programming assignments must be submitted via the 'submit' command on queen.cs.drexel.edu 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 code with other classmates, 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 1993 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 assignments.




Calendar
Week 1 (March 29 - April 2)
  • Reading Assignment - F et al.: Chapter 1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.9
  • Reading Assignment - H&B: Chapter 1, 2.1→2.8, 3.1, 3.5, 3.7, 3.13, 6.5→6.7
  • April 1 - Lecture : Introduction 6 per page
  • April 1 - Lecture: Lines 6 per page
  • XPM Manual
Week 2 (April 5 - 9)
  • Reading Assignment - F et al.: Chapter 5
  • Reading Assignment - H&B: 15.1, 15.4, A.1→A.2, A.5, A.7, 5.1→5.6, 5.8→5.16, 5.18, 6.1→6.3
  • April 8 - Lecture: 2D-Transformations 6 per page
  • April 8 - Lecture: 3D-Transformations 6 per page
Week 3 (April 12 - 16)
Week 4 (April 19 - 23)
  • Reading Assignment - F et al.: 9.2→9.2.3
  • Reading Assignment - H&B: 3.11, 8.8→8.10
  • April 22 - Lectures: Introduction To Curves 6 per page
  • April 22 - Lecture: Bezier 6 per page
  • April 22 - Craig Schroeder presentation
Week 5 (April 26 - 30)
  • April 26 - Assignment 2 Due
  • Reading Assignment - F et al.: 9.2.4→9.2.6
  • Reading Assignment - H&B: 8.12, 8.14→8.17
  • April 29 - Lecture: Bsplines and NURBS 6 per page
  • April 29 - Lecture: Drawing NURBS 6 per page
  • April 29 - Arthur Widmann presentation
Week 6 (May 3 - 7)
  • Reading Assignment - F et al.: 3.7, 3.14, 6.1→6.4
  • Reading Assignment - H&B: 4.5→4.6, 4.17, 10.9, 7.1→7.9
  • May 6 - Lecture: Thick Primitives 6 per page
  • May 6 - Lecture: Introduction to 3D Viewing 6 per page
  • May 6 - Jason Dobies presentation
Week 7 (May 10 - 14)
  • May 10 - Assignment 3 Due
  • Reading Assignment - F et al.: 6.5→6.7, 13→13.4
  • Reading Assignment - H&B: 7.11, 9.1→9.13
  • May 13 - Lecture: Math of 3D Viewing 6 per page
  • May 13 - Lecture: Culling and Z-Buffering 6 per page
  • May 13 - Peijun Ye presentation
  • May 13 - Theodore Watson presentation
Week 8 (May 17 - 21)
  • Reading Assignment - F et al.: Chapter 10
  • Reading Assignment - H&B: 8.1, 8.19→8.22
  • May 20 - Lecture: Solid Models Part I 6 per page
  • May 20 - Lecture: Solid Models Part II 6 per page
  • May 20 - Suchindra Sandhu presentation
Week 9 (May 24 - 28)
  • May 24 - Assignment 4 Due
  • Reading Assignment - F et al.: 9.3, 9.4, Chapter 11
  • Reading Assignment - H&B: 8.3→8.5, 8.7, 8.11, 8.13,Chapter 12
  • May 27 - Lecture: Color 6 per page
  • May 27 - Lecture: Surfaces 6 per page
  • May 27 - Brian Cosgrove presentation
Week 10 (May 31 - June 4)


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