CMSC 635: Advanced Computer Graphics

Tu Th 4:00-5:15, ENG 005A

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Thu Apr 9 16:47:08 EDT 2009
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Instructor: Dr. Marc Olano (
Office hours: ITE 354; Tu 2:15-3:15, Th 3:00-4:00

Prerequisite: CMSC 435/634 or consent of instructor

Text: Real-Time Rendering, Tomas Akenine-Möller, Eric Haines and Naty Hoffman, AK Peters 2008. Recommended.
Additional papers will be handed out or made available for download 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 Ray Tracing Feb 19
10% Assn 2 Non-Photorealistic Rendering Mar 26
5% Readings Read & write questions Each week
10% Presentation Two Paper Presentations
• Select Presentations Feb 5
• Present Varies
45% Project Individual Project
Select Area Feb 5
Annotated Bibliography Feb 26
Initial Proposal Mar 12
Revised Proposal Apr 2
Progress Report Apr 14/16
Project & Paper Complete May 4
Presentation May 5-12
Reviews May 12
20% Exam Final Exam May 19

Assignments are to be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM the day listed. In-class presentations are individually scheduled and must be completed on the day scheduled.

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.


Papers are required reading, and should be read before the first date listed below for each topic. Turn in one insightful question about each paper at the beginning of the first class when we cover that topic. Corresponding chapters in the book are optional, but will probably help you to understand the papers.

Tentative Schedule

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 PM on Thursday of the week indicated.

Date Topic Due
Jan 27/29 Overview; Presenting
Feb 3/5 Ray Tracing Select Presentations & Project Area
Feb 10/12 Graphics Hardware
Feb 17/19 Non-Photorealistic Rendering Assn 1
Feb 24/26 Assn 1 Results / Sampling & Antialiasing Bibliography
Mar 3/5 Texturing
Mar 10/12 Shadows Initial Proposal
Mar 24/26 Volume Rendering Assn 2
Mar 31/Apr 2 Assn 2 results/Illumination Revised Proposal
Apr 7/9 Global Illumination
Apr 14/16 Progress Reports Progress Reports
Apr 21/23 Texture Synthesis
Apr 28/30 Multi-pass effects
May 5/7 Project Presentations Project & Paper Complete (Due Monday)
May 12 Project Presentations Reviews (Due Tuesday)
May 19 Final Exam, 3:30-5:30

Project Results

These are the completed papers for the class final projects: