CAP4730 is an undergraduate course that introduces students to the fundamental concepts, mathematical principles, algorithms and data structures used in computer graphics. Students will gain experience with OpenGL programming and develop an understanding of the graphics pipeline. Topics covered include shading and illumination, sampling and reconstruction, ray tracing, graphics hardware, geometric and viewing transformations, rendering, modeling curves and surfaces and image based methods.
Instructor: Dr. Corey Toler-Franklin, CISE Department, University of Florida
Contact: Office CSE 332 or Lab CSE 319, email@example.com
Office Hours: MWF Period 5 (11:45am – 12:35 pm) and by appointment
Location: CSE E121
Time: MWF Period 4 (10:40 am – 11:35 am)
Course Management: Canvas
Data Structures and Algorithms. Basic knowledge of algorithms, data structures and discrete math. Central concepts require matrix operations, composition and parametrization of curves and surfaces. Students should be able to program using a high-level language. Familiarity with C or C++ is helpful — otherwise the learning curve is quite steep in the first weeks. Familiarity with OpenGL is not assumed. The mathematical underpinnings and OpenGL practice are emphasized.
**Contact instructor if you are not sure you are prepared for the course**
Marschner & Shirley,
DAVE SHREINER, GRAHAM SELLERS, JOHN M. KESSENICH, BILL M. LICEA-KANE
Publisher: ADDISON-WESLEY Edition: LATEST
OTHER OPTIONAL REFERENCES
STEVEN J. GORTLER
Publisher: THE MIT PRESS Edition: FIRST
SAMUEL R. BUSS
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
MATERIAL AND SUPPLY FEE: None
All assignments are distributed and submitted in Canvas.
30% Programming Assignments
20% Final Programming Project
20% Written Homework Assignments
15% Exam 1
15% Exam 2
The ray tracing algorithm generates photorealistic images from 3-D geometry in a scene. Ray tracers simulate the behavior of light as photons travel from a light source, collide with and bounce off of objects in the scene, and eventually reach the observer. This process can be computationally intensive depending on the scene complexity and number of light sources.
You will implement a ray tracer that generates images of simple scenes composed of spheres and triangles. Your work will be evaluated based on the following criteria (1) source code completion and correctness 30% (2) ray intersection 20% (3) shading algorithms 20% (4) special effects 20% (5) one page report 10%.
Detailed Syllabus: Posted on Canvas
The work you submit must be your own. Although it is fine to have some level of discussion with piers on assignments, the work you submit must be your own. You may work in groups of 2 or 3 for the final project but all other work should be done individually. DO NOT POST SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS AND PROGRAMMING ASSIGNMENTS ONLINE!
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