This unit teaches the fundamentals of computer-generated three-dimensional graphics and animation for applications including creating interactive virtual environments. The unit introduces the virtual image formation process using a synthetic camera model. The OpenGL API is introduced for writing interactive graphics programs. Fundamental techniques are emphasised, such as using the homogeneous coordinate system for affine transformations. The unit then covers lighting and shading models, as well as the use of GLSL programmable shaders. Finally, three-dimensional animation techniques are covered, with an emphasis on realistic modelling of articulated bodies. The practical component of the unit involves developing a realistic three-dimensional image application involving animation using the core concepts covered in the unit.
Students gain technical competence in three-dimensional graphics and are able to apply basic knowledge of graphics systems, graphical techniques and rendering; become familiar with developing graphics applications using the OpenGL Application Programming Interface (API); develop skills in the identification, formulation and solution for creating three-dimensional virtual worlds and interactive manipulation of these virtual worlds. This unit also prepares students for further studies in areas involving graphics and spatial computation including games programming, virtual environments, computer vision and scientific visualisation.
The assessment will consist of a programming project, submitted in two parts worth 40% (20% each part), and a final exam worth 60%.
Most lectures will be closely based on the following recommended text. This excludes most of the material in the lectures on animation.
Example from the Project