COMP 557 - Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
Fall 2011

General Information

Course Outline outlineComp557Fall2011.pdf
Web Page
Lectures 1:05 PM - 2:25 PM, Mondays and Wednesdays
Location Trottier Building 0060
Credits 3
Instructor Paul Kry
Telephone 514 398 2577
Office MC113N
Office Hours 4:30 - 5:30 pm Wednesdays, or by appointment (any time!)
Teaching Assistants Sheldon Andrews,
Emmanuel Piuze,
Olivier Rémillard,
Office Hours Sheldon Andrews, MC 312, Thursdays 11am - 12pm, or by appointment
Emmanuel Piuze, MC 312, Tuesdays 2pm - 3pm, or by appointment
Olivier Rémillard, MC 312, Mondays 3pm - 4pm, or by appointment
WebCT for discussion boards and assignment submission

Getting Started Tutorials

There will be several tutorials at the beginning of the term to help you get started with OpenGL, the java bindings, and setting up your Eclipse environment for assignments. These are things you can do on your own by following the directions in assignment 0 below, but the tutorials may help you resolve any problems you have and will cover the basics of OpenGL.

  • Room and date TBA, Eclipse, setting up A0, vecmath
  • Room and date TBA, OpenGL basics
  • Room and date TBA, OpenGL tricks and techniques (ES, VBOs, picking, etc.)

Assignments, Exercises, and Exams

There will be four or five assignments during the term. Links to assignments will be posted here during the term. Practice problems, old midterms and final exams, and solutions will also be posted to WebCT during the term.

There will be two exams, worth a total of 60% of the final grade. The first will be a midterm exam which will take place in class sometime between October 13 and October 25. It is worth 20% of your grade. The second exam will take place during the Final Exam Period and is worth 40% of the final grade. For more information on evaluation refer to the coures outline.


Tentative Schedule

The following schedule is tentative and will be adjusted once the term starts to better match material in the textbook, and to synchronize with assignments. A few topics will definitely be dropped while others will certainly be added.

1 September 7 Introduction,
2 September 12 Vector spaces,
Affine spaces,
Homogeneous coordinates,
3 September 14 Transformations,
4 September 19 Viewing transformation,
Perspective projection
5 September 21 Projection taxonomy,
Normalized device coordinates
6 September 26 Curves introduction,
Bezier, Interpolation, and Hermite curves,
Bezier properties,
Change of basis
7 September 28 Tensor product patches,
Decaslejau algorithm,
rational curves,
Note: Jochen Lang Colloquium September 30
8 October 3 B-spline introduction and intuition,
polar forms and blossoms
9 October 5 Surfaces of revolution,
swept surfaces,
Frenet frame,
parallel transport
10 October 12 Subdivision curves,
corner cutting,
limit point analysis,
subdivision surface introduction
11 October 17 Mesh terminology,
Euler characteristic ,
Half edge data structure introcution
Note: guest lecture?
12 October 19 Half Edge data structure examples,
Level of Detail introduction
13 October 24 Mesh simplification,
Edge collapse and vertex split,
Point plane distance,
Quadric error metric introduction,
14 October 26 Midterm Exam (in class)
date may be moved up
15 October 31 Mesh simplification review
Quadric error metric
16 November 2 Clipping
Painter's and Warnock algorithm
Binary space partions
Depth Buffer
17 November 7 Ray triangle intersection
barycentric coordinates
barycentric interpolation
bilinear interpolation
ray quadric intersection
18 November 9 Quadric transformations
Quadric normals,
Constructive solid geometry,
Illumination (ambient, diffuse, specular, attenuation),
19 November 14 Shading models (Phong, Gouraud),
Lighting models continued,
20 November 16 Texture mapping
Magnification and Minification
Mip maps
Bilinear interpolation
21 November 21 Shadow maps,
Stencil shadow volumes
22 November 23 The rendering equation
23 November 28 compositing,
25 November 29 Colour
Colour Matching Experiment
Chromaticity diagram
Colour conversion between different displays
26 December 5 Colour purity / saturation
Complementary Colours
Just noticable differences
Gamuts and Gamma
27 December 6 (Tuesday) Review for final