CS 526: Computer Graphics II - Fall 2013

Andy Johnson

Electronic Visualization Laboratory
2032 Engineering Research Facility (ERF)

(312) 996-3002 (phone)   
aej at evl.uic.edu
(312) 413-7585 (fax)

36541 Lecture - T/Th - 11:00 - 12:15 in 2036 ERF

office hours: 12:15-1:30 in 2032 ERF and by appointment


 Day  Topic  Important Events
  8/27   8/29
  1. Intro to the Class & OmegaLib / SAGE   
 Project 1 out
  9/03   9/05
  2. Making it Work - Hardware
 last drop day
  9/10   9/12
  3. Making it Work - Software

  9/17   9/19
  4. Physiological Issues

  9/24   9/26
  Project 1 Review
 Project 1 due, Project 2 out
 10/01 10/03
  Project 1 Review  
 10/08 10/10
  5 . Interaction

 10/15 10/17
  6.  Collaboration

 10/22 10/24
  Project 2 Review  Project 2 due
 10/29 10/31
  Project 2 Review  Paper topic due
 11/05 11/07
  Paper Presentations  Project 3 topic due
 11/12 11/14
  Paper Presentations
 11/19 11/21
  Paper Presentations

  Project 3 Review  Project 3 due, final out
 12/03 12/05
  Project 3 Review online course evaluations
 Monday 12/09
 Final Exam Presentation 10:30-12:30

"so much time, so little to see ... wait a minute, strike that, reverse it" -- Willy Wonka


You should feel comfortable programming in a modern language such as  C / C++ / Java / Python, and have access to a reasonably modern laptop computer with a reasonably modern graphics card and a battery that will make it through class. Having experience programming OpenGL (at the CS 488 level) will be helpful but not required.

Standard departmental disclaimer: If you do not have the prerequisites for this course make sure that you drop this course right away. The department will verify the prerequisites for all students registered in this course during the first few weeks of the term and if you do not have the prerequisites, you will be notified and dropped from the course after the normal drop/add period. By that time, you will not be able to enroll in any new course.


This term we are going to focus on high-resolution large format displays, e.g. walls made from tiling LCD panels or projectors.


Attendance is very important, but not mandatory. Part of your grade will be based on your in-class participation (i.e. asking good questions, making good comments) so please take that into account. You will be expected to read one research paper before most class sessions, write a short report on that paper, and be prepared to talk about it during the next class.

I make a habit of putting all of my notes on the web, however these notes should not be considered 'official' until the day of class. If I make any major changes to a page afterwards, then I will announce it in class but note that at the bottom of each page is a modification date so you should be able to tell when the notes were last modified. I try to ensure that the notes on the web accurately reflect the lecture, but its what is discussed in class 'that counts', not what's written in the notes.

There is also a piazza page for class discussions - please sign up at http://piazza.com/uic/fall2013/cs526

There is a page for questions about OmegaLib which we will be using for the programming assignments - https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/omegalib

We will be giving everyone accounts on evl's wireless network so you can connect to our displays.

"Those who are absent are always wrong." - African proverb


More on the presentations

More on the projects

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand" - Chinese proverb


There will be a final exam at the end of the term covering the material presented in class. Most likely this will be a programming project that will be presented during the final exam period.


 The final grade will be calculated as follows Percent 
Letter grades  
 Projects (3 at 15% each) 45% 
A: 87% - 100% 
 Paper Presentation
B: 75% -   86% 
 In class participation 10% 
C: 62% -   74% 
 Final Exam (most likely another project)
D: 50% -   61% 
 TOTAL 100% 
E: 00% -   49% 

Note: that you must get a passing (D or better) grade on _all_ projects and final to get a passing grade in the course.

Also note: I only give Incomplete grades for serious hospitalization issues which come up suddenly near the end of the term.

Also also note: I have no qualms about giving Ds or Fs in a graduate level course, though the vast majority of the grades have tended to be As and Bs. I also have no qualms about failing graduate students for cheating - so be good.

last modified 10/31/13