CSE 570: Advanced Computer Graphics

CIDSE at Arizona State University

Fall 2016   *    T & TH 9:00 - 10:15am   *    BYAC 240

Instructor: Dianne Hansford, Ph.D.
Office: BY 346
Office Hours: after class or by appointment

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Course Description

This course serves as an introduction to 3D shape analysis techniques for computer graphics, geometric modeling, motion capture and computer vision research. The concepts to be discussed include curves, surfaces; discrete meshes, half-edge data structure, polygon mesh processing; Dijkstra's shortest path algorithm, fast marching method; iterative closest point algorithms; multidimensional scaling algorithm; heat kernel and spectral analysis, isometric embedding; conformal parameterization, volumetric harmonic map, etc.

This class is aimed at bringing students close to independent research: if interesting topics arise, we will spend more time on them. Student input on choice of topics is welcome!


Students who complete this course should develp the following core competencies.
1. Understand the basic theoretical concepts underlying shape analysis for various computer graphics applications.
2. Develop software to implement these concepts in an interactive computer graphics environment.
3. Able to read advanced literature in the field.


Numerical Geometry of Non-Rigid Shapes, Alexander M. Bronstein, Michael M. Bronstein and Ron Kimmel, Springer, 2008 is the required textbook.


This page and the class log are the primary webpages for this course.
Blackboard will be used for turning in assignments and posting announcements.

Course Structure


4 Mathematica programming projects: 40% (each 10%)
Attendance and Participation: 10%
Mid-term test: 25%
End-term test: 25%

Team work on the programming assignments is allowed only with special permission. A team will be expected to do more work than the basic assignment.

Late work will be discounted at a rate of 5% per day.

Missed tests may be made-up if a valid excuse is presented with documentation.

Please discuss grading issues with the TA first.


Accumulated score rounded up to nearest integer and letter grade assigned by rule:
A: 90-100, B: 80-89, C: 70-79, D: 60-70, E: <60

"Plus grades" (A+, B+, etc) are earned through above average class participation.

Disability Resource Center

Please check the website for ASU's Disability Resource Center for assistance.

Academic Integrity

Violations of the University Academic Integrity policy will not be ignored.   Penalties include reduced or no credit for submitted work, a failing grade in the class, a note on your official transcript that shows you were punished for cheating, suspension, expulsion and revocation of already awarded degrees.  The university requires that should I implement any of these penalties, I must report the matter to the Dean's office. Please visit the university academic integrity policy webpage.

Also see: Student's Rights and Responsibilities and Code of Conduct

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