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# Further Graphics

**Principal lecturer:** Dr Alex Benton**Taken by:** Part IB CST 75%, Part II CST 50%**Past exam questions**

No. of lectures: 8

Suggested hours of supervisions: 2

Prerequisite courses: Introduction to Graphics

This course is a prerequisite for: Advanced Graphics

## Aims

This course explores the modern state of computer graphics, applying long-standing techniques to cutting-edge hardware.

## Lectures

The order and content of lectures is provisional and subject to change.

**Ray Marching.**Signed distance fields and GPU-based realtime rendering. [1 lecture]**Computational Geometry.**Mathematics of surfaces. [1 lecture]**Bezier curves and NURBS.**These points of data make a beautiful line. [2 lectures]**Subdivision Surfaces.**Smooth modeling of continuous surfaces. [1 lecture]**OpenGL.**Polygonal and GPU rendering. [1 lecture]**Global Illumination.**Realistic global lighting techniques. [1 lecture]**Virtual Reality.**Technology and best practices for an emerging medium. [1 lecture]

## Objectives

On completing the course, students should be able to

- use graphics hardware to render interactive images, both polygonal and implicit;
- understand the core technologies of ray tracing, rendering, and implicit surfaces;
- learn techniques of computational geometry and their applications to visualization;
- describe the underlying theory of splines and subdivision and define the Catmull-Clark and Doo-Sabin subdivision methods;
- understand several global illumination technologies such as radiosity and ambient occlusion;

## Recommended reading

Students should expect to refer to one or more of these books, but should not find it necessary to purchase any of them.

* Shirley, P. & Marschner, S. (2009). Fundamentals of Computer Graphics. CRC Press (3rd ed.).

Watt, A. (1999). 3D Computer Graphics. Addison-Wesley (3rd ed).

Hughes, van Dam, McGuire, Skalar, Foley, Feiner & Akeley (2013). Computer Graphics: Principles & Practice. Addison-Wesley (3rd edition)

Rogers, D.F. & Adams, J.A. (1990). Mathematical elements for computer graphics. McGraw-Hill (2nd ed.).