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The course Computer Animation is given as part of the GMT Master programme at Utrecht University. The course consists of a number of lectures, as well as presentations by participants. Next to an introduction to basic animation techniques such as interpolation, blending, skeleton animation, facial animation, kinematics and motion synthesis, we will focus on a selection of relevant animation-oriented research papers. As part of the course, participants will make a short animation movie or write a program for 3D skeletal animation.
|Week 17||26th April||13:15-15:00||Introduction & Animation Basics (Linear Algebra supplementary material)||Zerrin Yumak|
|Week 17||28th April||11:00-12:45||Interpolation, Blending & Skinning||Zerrin Yumak|
|Week 18||3rd May||13:15-15:00||Motion Capture System (Tutorial)||Kazi & Stefan|
|Week 18||5th May||11:00-12:45||No Lecture (Liberation Day)|
|Week 19||10th May||13:15-15:00||Facial Animation and Deep Learning Introduction||Zerrin Yumak|
|Week 19||12th May||11:00-12:45||Advanced Facial Animation and Deep Learning||Kazi Haque|
|Week 20||17th May||13:15-15:00||Paper 1,2; Project Intermediary Deadline (until 23:59)|
|Week 20||19th May||11:00-12:45||No Lecture (Ascension Day)|
|Week 21||24th May||13:15-15:00||Paper 3,4|
|Week 21||26th May||11:00-12:45||Paper 5,6|
|Week 22||31st May||13:15-15:00||Paper 7,8|
|Week 22||2nd June||11:00-12:45||Paper 9,10|
|Week 23||7th June||13:15-15:00||Paper 11, 12|
|Week 23||9th June||11:00-12:45||Paper 13,14|
|Week 24||14th June||13:15-15:00||Paper 15,16|
|Week 24||16th June||11:00-12:45||Paper 17,18|
|Week 25||21st June||13:15-15:00||Paper 19,20|
|Week 25||23rd June||11:00-12:45||Paper 21, 22|
|Week 26||28th June||13:15-16:00||Project Festival; Project Submission Deadline (until 23:59)|
|Week 26||30th June||Essay Deadline (until 23:59)|
During the course, you will read research papers and give a presentation in teams of two. You will also produce a short animation movie or develop a program for skeletal animation and skinning, in teams of four. Roughly halfway the course, you will send an intermediary planning report for your preferred project assignment. The final animation movies and demos of the programs will be shown at the last session. You will also write an essay on a topic within the animation research area. You will get a grade for the research papers (R), project (P) and essay (E). The final grade is then calculated as 0.3 * R + 0.3 * P + 0.4 * E. In order to complete the course, there is an additional restriction that E >= 5. Retake essay: If you didn't get a sufficiently high grade, you may do a retake essay to still complete the course. Exactly the same rules as the regular essay apply. The grade you get for the retake essay will replace the (missing) grade of the regular essay. You may improve the essay you originally handed in, taking into account the feedback from the teacher, and hand in as the retake essay, or choose a new topic and write an essay about that. Note that you can only qualify for a retake essay if you have done all the parts of the course (give a presentation and deliver reviews, do project assignment, hand in the essay) and have a final grade of at least 4.
Attendance overall is not mandatory. However, you are required to attend the paper presentations from students for the papers that you write a summary for.