COMP 557 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics

Fall 2012 - General Information

Course Outline outlineComp557Fall2012.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,
Office Hours Sheldon Andrews, MC 312, 2-3 pm Thursdays, or by appointment
Emmanuel Piuze, MC 312, 2-3 pm Tuesdays, or by appointment
MyCourses 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, tips, and tricks

Assignments, Exercises, and Exams

There will be four 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. The adjusted schedule will be recorded in MyCourses as the term progresses. Adjustments will be made to synchronize with assignments and to better match material in the textbook and other sources. Topics will be added and removed depending on interest and time permitting.

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