Assignment 4: Final Project
Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 11:59pm: Group Member and Topic Clarification
Monday, November 2, 2009, 11:59pm: Proposal Submission
Monday, November 30, 2009, 11:59pm: Project and Report Submission
Grade Value: 30%
In this assignment, you can work individually or in a group of 2-3 to implement a project you are interested in. This project should be related to some aspect of technical animation. You can choose from the topics covered in our class, or you can find other animation related topics which have appeared in SIGGRAPH or the SCA conference. We will provide you with some project ideas at the end of this handout.
- October 27: Every group should clear their choice of topic and group members with the TA or the professor through a short meeting, discussion, or email no later than October 27th.
- November 2: Proposal submission DUE.
- November 3 and November 5: In class proposal presentations.
- November 30: Final project and written report submission DUE.
- December 1 and December 3: In class final project presentations.
All the project submissions should be submitted to one member's directory at
You should submit your written documents, slides and project according to the corresponding deadlines.
Proposal Your proposal should be a written document of approximately 1-3 pages, and should contain the following sections:
- Problem statement / goals: What is the overall idea of the project? What do you hope to achieve? Why is it interesting?
- Approach: What will your system do? What are the inputs and outputs? How will each part of the system work? You may want to start with a system block diagram and then include short sections describing each piece of the system.
- Resources: What resources are already available to you? Will you use motion capture data or off-the-shelf models? Will you use code from the web? What must you create or write yourself?
- Demos: How will you show off your system?
- Timeline: Break down the steps for completing your project and give approximate times. What will you be able to show along the way? Please plan for early demos that can show partial progress in case you get stuck at some point in the project.
- Your final report can be an updated version of the proposal. It should be a document of approximately 4-10 pages.
- You should correct and expand the technical section of the proposal and describe the algorithms you actually use in your project.
- Present some results (plots, tables, screen shots, images, videos...)
- Describe pros and cons of the system.
- State the problems you encountered and how you solved them.
- Tell us what else you would do or what would you do differently if you had time.
Final Project Ideas:
Extend one of the regular class projects to create effects that you didn't have time for the first time around.
Scale down any SIGGRAPH paper or Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA) paper that has to do with animation. You can access the papers from the ACM digital library.
Implement a scaled down version of Igarashi's spatial keyframing paper for interactive animation based on keyframed character poses.
Other sketch-based interfaces for controlling animation: create a gesture-based interface for sketching motion -- see
Thorne, Burke, and van de Panne's Motion Doodles project .
You can create interactive animations of more general drawings as well! Check out the technique in Ngo et al's SIGGRAPH 2000 paper and see this class project for some ideas.
You might find the ODE simulation engine or this code base useful for physics-based animation projects.
Dig into L-systems and figure out how to animate realistic plant development.
Write a simple fluid simulator based on this Foster and Metaxas paper on fluidsor extend the simulator provided in this Stam paper on fluid dynamics for games
Simulate water by scaling down Enright et al's Animation and Rendering of Complex Water Surfaces paper.
Implement a scaled down version of Nguyen et al's Physically Based Modeling and Animation of Fire paper.
Implement deformable body simulation based on Irving et al's Invertible Finite Elements For Robust Simulation of Large Deformation paper.
Simulate flocks using the Boids model.
More to come as we continue through the course...
Last Modified: 10/20/09