CSE 577: Advanced Geometric Modeling

Arizona State University

Spring 2017   *    T & TH 3:00 - 4:15pm   *    BYAC 270

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

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Course Description

This course will cover advanced concepts of geometric modeling, such as NURBS, rectangular and triangular surfaces, subdivision surfaces, triangle meshes, Voronoi diagrams, discrete and continuous shape measures, volumes and volume visualization.

Shape modeling techniques (interactive modifications, volume deformations) will be taught as they arise in many fields such as CAD/CAM, computer animation, or medical imaging.

Students must have a solid background in linear algebra, calculus, and basic 3D graphics to be successful in this course.

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 will learn fundamental 3D concepts from an advanced viewpoint. Students will be able to analyze problems and provide practical solutions. Students will be able to read advanced literature in the field.


Recommended: Curves and Surfaces for CAGD (5th edition)
Introductory material may be found in The Essentials of CAGD. Lecture slides


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: 50% (each 12.5%)
Midterm test: 25%
Endterm test: 25%

No team work on the programming assignments.

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.


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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