CMSC 635: Advanced Computer Graphics

Fall 2005 / Tu Th 5:30-6:45 / ITE 227 / 3 credits

Instructor: Dr. Marc Olano (olano
Office hours: ITE 354; Tu 4:30-5:30, Th 1:00-2:00

Prerequisite: CMSC 435/634 or consent of instructor

Text: Real-Time Rendering, Tomas Akenine-Möller and Eric Haines, AK Peters 2002. Required.
Additional papers will be handed out throughout the semester.


Advanced image synthesis including graphics pipelines, shading, texturing, illumination, anti-aliasing, perception, image accuracy, image-based rendering, and non-photorealistic rendering. Through readings in the text and papers, students will learn classic and new techniques in computer graphics. Students will be lead through all phases of graphics research, development, dissemination, review and presentation in their final project, with certain phases repeated and reinforced through other class experiences. The assigned projects help students gain graphics development experience. The in-class paper presentations provide practice in technical presentation. The final project includes phases of literature review, idea formation, formal proposal, development, paper-writing, peer review and presentation.

Grading and Due Dates

Weight Description Date
10% Assn 1 Shading Oct 6
10% Assn 2 Texture Synthesis Oct 27
10% Presentation Paper Presentations
• Select Presentations Sep 8
• Present varies
45% Project Individual Project
Select Area Sep 8
Annotated Bibliography Sep 22
Initial Proposal Oct 13
Revised Proposal Nov 3
Progress Report Nov 14
Project & Paper Complete Dec 1
Presentation Dec 6-13
Reviews Dec 13
25% Exam Final Exam Dec 15

Assignments are to be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM the day listed. Late assignments can be submitted up to one week late for a penalty of 20% of the possible score. Assignments will not be accepted more than one week late. In-class presentations are individually scheduled and must be completed on the day scheduled. Final project paper, peer review and presentation must be completed on the scheduled date; the final project literature survey, proposal and project code completion deadlines may be submitted up to one week late for 20% penalty.

Academic Honesty

By enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities of an active participant in UMBC's scholarly community in which everyone's academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty. Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts are all forms of academic dishonesty, and they are wrong. Academic misconduct could result in disciplinary action that may include, but is not limited to, suspension or dismissal. To read the full Student Academic Conduct Policy, consult the UMBC Student Handbook, the Faculty Handbook, or the UMBC Policies section of the UMBC Directory [or for graduate courses, the Graduate School web site].

All assignments and exams are expected to be your individual work. You may discuss assignments with anyone, but any code must be your own individual work. Any help you receive (excluding course staff, lectures and text) must be documented, including allowed discussions, other texts, papers, web pages, etc. Include a comment at the start of each assignment write-up documenting all sources you used and what you got from each. If you used no outside sources, say so. Failure to include this comment will result in your program being returned ungraded.

Tentative Schedule

Required reading should be completed before the first date listed below for maximum benefit. Papers for each topic are also required reading.

The schedule listed here may change over the course of the semester. Check the course web page for the latest version. If you think you might like to do a final project on one of the later topics, let me know and I will move that topic earlier in the semester. As a corollary, pick your presentation paper based on your interest, not on where it appears in this schedule.

Unless otherwise noted, due dates are 11:59 on Thursday of the week indicated.

Date Topic Due
Sep 1 Overview
Sep 6/8 Procedural Shading Select Presentations & Project Area
Sep 13/15 Lighting
Sep 20/22 Ray Tracing Bibliography
Sep 27/29 Global Illumination
Oct 4/6 Texture Synthesis Assn 1
Oct 11/13 Assn 1 Results/Sampling & Antialiasing
(Fourier Mathematica notebook)
Initial Proposal
Oct 18/20 Texturing
Oct 25/27 Image-Based Rendering Assn 2
Nov 1/3 Assn 2 results/Proposals Revised Proposal
Nov 8/10 Volume Rendering
Nov 15/17 Progress Reports Progress Reports (Due Monday)
Nov 22 Non-Photorealistic Rendering
Nov 29/Dec 1 Hardware & Acceleration Project & Paper Complete
Dec 6/8 Project Presentations
Dec 13 Project Presentations Reviews (Due Tuesday)
Dec 15 Final Exam, 6-8pm

Project Results

These are the completed papers for the class final projects.