Matthias Zwicker, office hours: Tuesdays 11:30am-12:30pm, AVW3139
Tuesday and Thursdays, 3:30pm-4:45pm, CSI 1122
This lecture offers an introduction to 3D computer graphics, focusing on the underlying building blocks and algorithms that enable applications such as 3D computer games, and augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). The material covers the basics of 3D image generation and 3D modeling, with a focus on interactive applications. We will discuss the representation of 3D geometry, 3D transformations, projections, rasterization, basics of texturing and lighting models, as well as the programming of modern Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). The lecture exercises deepen the subject with programming projects based on Java and OpenGL. In the programming projects, students will build their own 3D rendering engine step-by-step.
The course schedule, all materials, and online communication will be managed via the course page on UMD Canvas, the electronic learning management system of UMD. Access to these resources requires login using your campus ID.
Grading will be based on the programming assignments (50%), the midterm exam (25%), and a final exam (25%).
The course builds on concepts from calculus, linear algebra, and algorithms and data structures. Programming assignments rely on Java. The official requirements are: MATH240; and minimum grade of C- in CMSC420; and permission of CMNS-Computer Science department. Or must be in the (Computer Science (Doctoral), Computer Science (Master's)) program. Contact the instructor for further inquiries.
We will follow the guidelines set forth by of the Department of Computer Science and the course related policies of the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
Any student eligible for and requesting reasonable academic accommodations due to a disability is requested to provide, to the instructor in office hours, a letter of accommodation from the Office of Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS) within the first TWO weeks of the semester.
The midterm and final exams are defined as Major Scheduled Grading Events.
Any student who needs to be excused for an absence from a single lecture, recitation, or lab due to a medically necessitated absence shall (1) make a reasonable attempt to inform the instructor of his/her illness prior to the class; (2) upon returning to the class, present their instructor with a self-signed note attesting to the date of their illness. Each note must contain an acknowledgment by the student that the information provided is true and correct. Self-documentation may not be used for the Major Scheduled Grading Events.
Homework that is submitted after an announced deadline is graded with 50% of the original score. Meeting and grading in person with the TA is considered part of the homework assignments. Failure to meet the TA leads to application of the late penalty, that is, grading with 50% of the original score.