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Valid for year : 2011
TNM079 Modelling and Animation, 6 ECTS credits.
/Modellering och animering/

For:   ACG   D   IT   MT   Y  


Prel. scheduled hours: 48
Rec. self-study hours: 112

  Area of Education: Technology

Main field of studies: Media Technology, Computer Engineering

  Advancement level (G1, G2, A): A

The aim of the course is to give the students knowledge of current and advanced methods in computer graphics for modeling and animation of virtual objects. After completing the course the student shall be able to:
  • understand and evaluate different mathematical representations of surfaces in 3D
  • describe and implement alternative data structures and decimation methods for polygon meshes
  • describe and implement 3D models using subdivision surfaces and implicitly defined surfaces
  • understand the principles and methods of modelling using level-sets
  • describe and implement the principles and methods used in simulation and animation of fluids

Prerequisites: (valid for students admitted to programmes within which the course is offered)
Computer Graphics, Linear Algebra, Calculus in several variables, Physical Modelling, Programming

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshhold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

The course starts with a series of lectures, providing an overview and presenting the theory in the field. The lecture material is accompanied by a set of laboratory exercises to demonstrate the theory in action. At the end of the course a written exam is given. To complete the course, students must have passed the lab exercises and the written exam. Grades are based both on the lab exercises and the written exam.

Course contents:
Representations of surfaces in 3D. Triangular meshes in modeling. Mesh decimation. Implicit modeling. The level-set method in computer graphics and modeling. Splines and subdivision surfaces. Physics based simulation and animation of fluids.

Course literature:
Lecture notes and material for each of the laboratory topics form the basis for the course material. Additional research papers in the field will be referenced. Such additional material will be distributed by the department.

Written examination
Laboratory work

Course language is English.
Department offering the course: ITN.
Director of Studies: Dag Haugum
Examiner: Björn Gudmundsson
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Last updated: 12/05/2011