Catalog Data: Viza 665, Digital Compositing. (3-2). Credit 4.
Instructor: Ergun Akleman, Ph.D.
Hours: MW 8:00am - 9:40am
Office: Langford C, Room 418
Lab: ETB, Room 2006
Classroom: Architecture C 414
Phone Number: (979) 845-6599
E-mail: ergun dot akleman at gmail dot com
Office Hours: Open Door Policy
Description: In this course, you will learn digital compositing, image based lighting,
modeling and rendering, which is basically the art and science of combining CG elements with
real-world imagery either in the form of still images or video. This is an essential and critical part of contemporary moviemaking.
Prerequisites: MS/PhD Status or Consent of the instructor.
Goals: To teach mathematical, artistic and computational principles of digital compositing.
Attendance: Attendance is required.
Class Website: http://people.tamu.edu/~ergun/courses/viza665/15spring/
Course Outline: The course will cover mathematical and artistic foundations of compositing,
image based lighting, rendering and modeling. The topics include but not limited to
For the list of the subjects, please see the course outline
- Reconstruction of camera parameters from a set of images.
- Reconstruction of light orientation and energy of environment from a set of images.
- Reconstruction of shapes of the objects from a set of pictures.
- Reconstruction of transparency and specularity of an object from a set of pictures.
- Recovery of BRDF from images
- Recovery of texture for material samples from images.
Course Materials and Testing:
There will be no textbook. Course materials and quizzes will be available in Webassign: https://www.webassign.net/.
Students are responsible for enrollment to Webassign. For enrollment instructions, go to
and download Self-Enrollment Class Handout. The class key for enrollment is tamu 2260 3118.
To access to WebAssign, each student pays a basic content subscription fee: $22.95/student per course.
(See https://www.webassign.net/pricing/ for fee information).
- Siggraph Proceedings and Coursenotes.
- Other Computer Graphics Journals and Proceedings.
- Bridges and ISAMA Proceedings; and Hyperseeing.
- Computer Graphics and Modeling Books.
- See References for more detailed information.
We will have weekly quizzes, which are not necessarily be equally weighted.
Quizzes will be given and graded using Webassign. Make sure to pay attention to due dates and times.
Students will be responsible to complete four composited animations:
The project descriptions are available in class project website. Each project will be graded for 10 points.
The grading will be based on both quality and process. Quality mesaures are provided in associated project pages.
Each student will be responsible to present one current research paper
related to digital compositing.
Class participation will be computed mainly based on attendance.
Students will miss 1 point for each class-hour they miss from their "class participation grade".
A student can miss at most 20 points from class participation. Students who regularly provide insightful
critics by participating class discussions will get some bonus points in class participation.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy Statement
The following ADA Policy Statement (part of the Policy on Individual
Disabling Conditions) was submitted to the University Curriculum Committee by
the Department of Student Life. The policy statement was forwarded to the
Faculty Senate for information.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination
statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with
disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students
with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for
reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a
disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Department of
Student Life, Services for Students with Disabilities, in Cain Hall or call
Academic Integrity Statements
Aggie Honor Code
An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do.
Upon accepting admission to Texas A&M University, a student immediately
assumes a commitment to uphold the Honor Code, to accept responsibility for
learning, and to follow the philosophy and rules of the Honor System.
Students will be required to state their commitment on examinations, research
papers, and other academic work. Ignorance of the rules does not exclude any
member of the TAMU community from the requirements or the processes of the
For additional information please visit:
In this course, we want to encourage collaboration and the free
interchange of ideas among students and in particular the discussion of
homework assignments, approaches to solving them, etc. However, we do not
allow plagiarism, which, as commonly defined, consists of passing off as
one's own the ideas, words, writings, etc., which belong to another. In
accordance with this definition, you are committing plagiarism if you copy
the work of another person and turn it in as your own, even if you should
have the permission of that person. Plagiarism is one of the worst academic
sins, for the plagiarist destroys the trust among colleagues without which
research cannot be safely communicated.
If you have any questions regarding plagiarism, please consult the latest
issue of the Texas A&M
University Student Rules, under the section on Scholastic Dishonesty.
College of Architecture's "Don't deface the property" statement
"It is unlawful for any person to damage or deface any of the buildings, statues,
monuments, trees, shrubs, grasses, or flowers on the grounds of any state institutions
of higher education (Texas Education Code Section 51.204)"
The words damage or deface refer specifically to any and all actions, whether direct or
indirect, that either diminish the value or mar the appearance of the physical