Duration: 11 weeks (second semester)
Number of lectures per week: 4 hours per week (3 lectures and 1 tutorial)
End-of-year Examination: One 3-hour examination (80%) and coursework (20%)
Design is considered to be an interactive process involving
specification, synthesis, presentation, analysis, evaluation and
modification. Computers are central to engineering and the design of
complex machines, structures and processes relies upon modern high
speed computers. Computer-Aided Design(CAD) is concerned with the
provision and use of a number of carefully chosen computer-based tools
and techniques intended to facilitate and possibly automate the work
of the designer.
The objective of this course (3D4 followed by 4D4 next year) is to equip the students with the fundamental understanding of the major elements of CAD and related areas including design, computer graphics, geometric modelling, simulation, robotics, computer vision and artificial intelligence. The course concentrates on the bridge between theory and its practice and is a good preparation for a career that may span several specialisms.
Introduction to 3D viewing operations
Projections, View volumes and clipping in 3D
Visual realism (hidden line/surface removal, shading, etc)
Computer geometry and classical computer-aided design
Modelling methods and technqiues
Language as a vehicle of Design
Shape grammars and generative design
Artificial Intelligence Paradigms and Tools
Programming language constructs, their bindings and interpretation
*Some changes in the above syllabi can be expected every year.
Jun 10, 1998