CS 795: Interactive Graphics and Creativity Support

Instructor: Dr. Yotam Gingold


This special topics class will cover research on interactive computer graphics tools for digital painting, sculpting, interior designing, video editing, architecture, etc., intended for non-experts as well as experts. We may cover non-graphics creativity research, depending on student interest. Class will be discussion-based, and students will take turns presenting research papers.


Knowledge of Computer Graphics (or instructor permission) and a favorite programming language.

Course project:

Everyone will implement a paper and extend it in some way, hopefully resulting in research suitable for publication.


None. We will be reading papers available online, such as SIGGRAPH, Eurographics, SBIM, UIST, CHI, and CSCW papers.


Grades will be based on class presentations (40%), class participation (10%), and a course project (50%).

Honor Code:

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. 4205; 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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