CS/CNS 174, Computer Graphics Projects


Time: 1-2pm MWF, 1st week and last few weeks of quarter
Location: Annenberg 107
Instructor: Prof. Al Barr   barr@cs.caltech.edu


Spring Quarter, 2016
  Computer Graphics Projects. This laboratory class offers students an opportunity for independent work covering recent computer graphics research. In coordination with the instructor, students select a computer graphics modeling, rendering, interaction, or related algorithm and implement it. Students are required to present their work in class and discuss the results of their implementation and possible improvements to the basic methods.

Links to a few previous projects

Course Details, Spring 2016:

In this one-quarter course students implement a computer graphics algorithm or simulation program of ``reasonable'' size and complexity. It could involve implementing an algorithm from a Siggraph paper, or it could be the computer graphics component of some other project. It could involve animation and the creation of a video, or various types of interactive computer graphics efforts.

Questions should be directed to barr@cs.caltech.edu which goes to Prof. Barr.

1. In 2016, classes will be held:

Note that senior and graduate student grades are due Monday June 6, 2016. Commencement is Fri June 10; other undergraduate grades are due Wednesday June 15. The presentations will take place toward the end of the quarter, starting May 23, in each of the regular class times MWF until grades are due.

These will involve a 20 or 30 minute presentation and demo of your project to the class; also you'll hand in your final writeup at that time. You should attend the other student presentations, and the other CS174 students should attend your presentation and ask questions.

Note that Monday May 30, 2016 is Memorial Day, a holiday, so there will not be class presentations on that day.

2. Proposal and Term Projects are due:

3. Description of Term Project

The purpose of the term project is to to gain experience by implementing a computer graphics algorithm or simulation program of "reasonable" size and complexity for the ten week time frame. It could involve implementing an algorithm from a Siggraph paper, or it could be the computer graphics component of some other project. It could involve animation and the creation of a video, or various types of interactive computer graphics efforts.

We request two written descriptions of your project: a project proposal, and a final project description. The two writeups are very similar. The italicized portions of this document, in square brackets [] apply to the project proposal.

The write-ups should be as short as possible and as long as necessary to communicate what you [plan to do] did. It should be clear enough for other people to understand and duplicate the work.

In addition, when you present I would like to receive a copy of your presentation (say, in powerpoint or pdf form). With your permission, some of the presentations may be put on the CS174 web page, for other people to see. (See A few previous projects ).

Mixing this project with other projects and some types of collaboration with other students is acceptable. This should be discussed with the instructor, in advance.

Sections in the Write-up