Computer Science 426
Computer Graphics
Final Projects

Written Proposals (due 8AM on Monday, December 13):

Each team of students should submit a one-page written project proposal.  The proposals should include enough detail to convince a reader that you've found a good problem, you understand how hard it is, you've mapped out a plan for how to attack it, and you have an idea about which experiments you might run to test the success of your implementation.  Please do not be vague in your written descriptions.  Following is a brief outline you might follow ... A "mentor" will be assigned to each team  (either Tom, Wagner, or Rob).  During class on Monday, December 13, the mentors will go over the project proposal of each team and advise the team about their best plan of attack.

Project Proposal Presentations (during class on December 15 and 17):

Each team of students will give a 5 minute talk to present his/her course project proposal to the class (with overhead transparencies, slides, videos, and/or other props).  You should be sure to convince us that: 1) you are addressing an important problem, 2) you understand various approaches to the problem, 3) you have found an interesting approach to attack the problem, 4) you have a SPECIFIC, DETAILED plan, and 5) you will know when you are done. Five minutes is a very short amount of time. So, please come with a presentation that is concise and to-the-point.  You probably want to use around 3-5 slides following the outline above.

Final Written Reports (due at 5PM on Tuesday, January 11):

Each team of students should submit a six- to ten-page written final report.  The written report should contain descriptions of the goals and execution of your project.  You should include a review of related work.  You should write detailed descriptions of the approach you've chosen, the implementation hurdles you've encountered, the features you've implemented, and any results you've generated.  Please do not be vague in your written descriptions.  Following is a brief outline you might follow ...

Demo Day (2PM on Thursday, January 20 in MECA):

Each team of students will give a short `poster session' describing his/her class project.  Your goal should be to demonstrate and describe for the class in 10-15 minutes what you have done and why it is interesting.  In addition to running a live demo on one of the computers , you should describe the guts of your project, possibly using 4-8 `slides' on a poster.  The slides should clearly present the goals, challenges, previous work, approach, implementation, and results of your project.

Some Ideas for Final Projects:

Links to Final Projects from Previous Years:

  • 1998
  • Modeling and Rendering Architecture from Photographs

  • Rob Kalnins, Hidekazu Oki
  • Ice Queen

  • Mao Chen, Zaijin Guan, Zhiyan Liu, Xiaohu Qie
  • 1996
  • Something Wonderful

  • George Karakostas, Kostas Tsioutsiouliklis, Tassos Viglas
  • JAW ray tracer

  • Jing Li, Aaron Lee, Wagner Correa
  • 1995
  • Landscape Designer

  • Dirk Balfanz, Igor Guskov, Sanjeev Kumar, Rudro Samanta.

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