Spring 2022 - CMPT 766 G100

Computer Animation and Simulation (3)

Class Number: 5616

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby

    We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby

    Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 3153, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 26, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    AQ 3150, Burnaby



Selected topics in computer animation and simulation, including 3D character animation and control, facial animation, simulation of natural phenomena (i.e. fluids, crowd simulation, and deformation of pliant materials).


Topics and techniques in computer animation, including: The history of animation, traditional animation, 3D model representation, mesh processing, kinematic animation, motion capture, particle systems, mass-spring systems, physics-based animation, character animation, soft objects and deformation, learning-based animation methods.


  • history of animation
  • traditional animation
  • 3D model representation
  • mesh processing
  • kinematic animation
  • motion capture
  • particle systems
  • mass-spring systems
  • physics-based animation
  • character animation
  • soft objects and deformation
  • learning-based animation methods



To be discussed the first week of classes



Computer Animation: Algorithms and Techniques, 3rd Edition, Rick Parent, Elsevier Science
ISBN: 9780124158429

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