Computer Science 662-001: Computer Graphics and Game Technologies
Yotam Gingold (ygingold [at] gmu.edu)
Office hours: Wednesdays from 2:00pm–4:00pm in ENGR 4427 or by appointment.
Tuesdays from 4:30pm–7:10pm in Innovation Hall 134.
The course will provide an introduction to technologies and techniques used in modern computer games and animations, including (tentatively):
Class time will be a mix of lecture and hands-on activities.
- An introduction to animation and gaming
- Articulated figures
- Particle dynamics
- Collision detection and response
- Real-time Rendering
- Modeling tools
CS 551 (Computer Graphics) and proficiency in C++.
Grades will be based on four (4) programming homework assignments (15% each), two (2) class presentations (15% each), and general class participation (10%).
Each member of the class will give two (2) 30 minutes presentations about a recently published animation or game paper. Papers can be chosen from the proceedings of SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia, SCA, Eurographics, or other well regarded technical conferences or journals. The instructor must approve the paper choice.
General Course Policies:
As a rule, I don't allow students to use electronic devices (laptops, tablets, or phones) in class.
GMU is an Honor Code university; please see the Office for Academic Integrity for a full description of the code and the honor committee process, and the Computer Science Department’s Honor Code Policies regarding programming assignments. The principle of academic integrity is taken very seriously and violations are treated gravely. What does academic integrity mean in this course? Essentially this: when you are responsible for a task, you will perform that task. When you rely on someone else’s work in an aspect of the performance of that task, you will give full credit in the proper, accepted form.
Another aspect of academic integrity is the free play of ideas. Vigorous discussion and debate are encouraged in this course, with the firm expectation that all aspects of the class will be conducted with civility and respect for differing ideas, perspectives, and traditions.
When in doubt (of any kind) please ask for guidance and clarification.
Accommodations for Disabilities:
If you have a documented learning disability or other condition that may affect academic performance you should: 1) make sure this documentation is on file with Office for Disability Services (SUB I, Rm. 2500; 703-993-2474;http://ods.gmu.edu) to determine the accommodations you need; and 2) talk with me to discuss your accommodation needs.
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