Department of Computer Science
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

CS380: Computer Graphics (Spring 2011)

CS380: Computer Graphics (Spring 2011)

Instructor: Sung-eui Yoon

When and where: 4:00pm ~ 5:30pm on Tue./Thur., 4th class room (2445 at the CS building)
First class: 4:00pm on Feb-8 (Tue.)(please come to first class for more information )
Office Hours: right after class time or by appointment
  • Bochang Moon
  • Jaepil Heo
  • Jonghyeob Lee
  • Ohsung Kwon
  • Class Noah board
  • Previous Moodle or Noah boards: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008
  • Language in the board: The official language is English. If you want to use Korean, you can use it, but please also provide English-version of your questions.
  • Prerequisites:
  • Basic knowledge of linear algebra
  • Basic programming skill, preferrably with C-like language (e.g., C, C++)
  • Textbook:
    Fundamentals of Computer Graphics, 1st or 2nd Edition, P. Shirley et al., AK Peters
    Errata is available at the link.
    First edition is available at the KAIST book store.
    Language in class: We will use English, but I'll use Korean if necessary.



  • Course overview
  • Lectures and tentative schedule
  • Additional reference materials
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    Course overview

    Fig. 1, Photo-realistic image generated by ray tracing method. (Image excerpted from PovRay homepage)

    In this course we will discuss various topics to create 2D images computationally generated from three dimensional model representations. Particularly, we will focus on the following topic:

  • Transformations and projections
  • Interaction
  • Rasterization
  • Hidden surface removal
  • Lighting, shadow, and shading
  • Model represetations (triangle meshes, curves, and surfaces)
  • Texture mapping
  • Ray tracing
  • Global illumination
  • Graphics hardware
  • What you will get at the end of the course:

  • Broad understanding on various topics related to computer graphics, geometric problems, and visualization
  • Programming skill and mathematical tools related to computer graphics and geometric problems.
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    Lecture schedule (subject to change)

    # of lecture, date Topics and slides Notice Q&A
    1, Feb-8 (Tue.) Overview on the course and course policy Intro
    2, Feb-10 (Thur.) Screen space and world space Diff. spaces
    3, Feb-15 (Tue.) Basic OpenGL structure PA1-Spec.
    Basic OpenGL
    4, Feb-17 (Thur.) No regular class due to the conf. attendance to the ACM I3D Graphics, but TA will answer your questions about the first programming assignment.
    5, Feb-22 (Tue.) 2D Transformation Demo: ImagePlay
    Demo: Animation
    2D Transformation
    6, Feb-24 (Thur.) No class due to attending a workshop related to Web Sci. and Tech.
    7, Mar-1 (Tue.) No class due to the national holiday
    8, Mar-3 (Thur.) 3D Transformation Quiz Assignment 1
    9, Mar-8 (Tue.) Modeling Transformation PA2-Spec.
    PA2-skeleton-codes(included reference EXE file)
    10, Mar-10 (Thur.) Viewing Transformation PA3-Spec.
    PA3 reference EXE file
    Viewing Tran.
    11, Mar-15 (Tue.) Interaction Trackball codes
    Luxo Lamp codes
    12, Mar-17 (Thur.) Culling and Clipping PA4-Spec.
    PA4 reference EXE file
    Culling and Clipping
    13, Mar-22 (Tue.) Rasterization I Rasterization
    14, Mar-24 (Thur.) Rasterization II
    15, Mar-29 (Tue.) Mid-term exam Sample mid-term exam
    16, Mar-31 (Thur.) No class due to the exam period
    17, Apr-5 (Tue.) Mid-term review
    18, Apr-7 (Thur.) Illumination and shading PA5&6-Spec.
    PA6 Slides
    PA6 Reference EXE file

    PPt for PA5
    PA5 Reference EXE file
    19, Apr-12 (Tue.) No class due to the KAIST policy
    20, Apr-14 (Thur.) Illumination and shading II
    21, Apr-19 (Tue.) Texture mapping Texture demo
    22, Apr-21 (Thur.) Texture mapping II
    23, Apr-26 (Tue.) Ray tracing
    24, Apr-28 (Thur.) Ray tracing II
    25, May-3 (Thur.) Curves and Surfaces PA7-Spec.
    26, May-5 (Tue.) No class
    27, May-12 (Thur.) Curves and Surfaces II
    28, May-17 (Tue.) Graphics Hardware
    29, May-19 (Thur.)
    30, May-24 (Tue.) Final exam


    Additional reference materials and links

    CS480 homepage at spring of 2010
    CS480 homepage at spring of 2009
    CS480 homepage at spring of 2008


  • OpenGL.org: Has various documentation for OpenGL
  • OpenGL programming guide (the red book), Ver 1.1 or another site
  • OpenGL reference book (the blue book)
  • MSDN: A good reference for OpenGL functions
  • GLUT library for Win32
  • GLEW: OpenGL Extension Wrangler
  • GLUI: Simple OpenGL GUI library
  • Useful information about computer graphics:

  • Real-time rendering resources
  • Paper search:

  • Google scholar
  • Tim Rowley's graphics paper collections
  • Ke-Sen Huang's graphics paper collections
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    Acknowledgements: The course materials are built upon previous efforts of whom organized computer graphics courses at Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I'd like to thank all of them, particularly, Brandon LLoyd. Thanks! Line

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