Official course description, subject to change:
Preliminary info last published 20/04-20

Algorithms in Games

Course info
Language:
English
ECTS points:
7.5
Course code:
KGALGAM1KU
Participants max:
50
Offered to guest students:
yes
Offered to exchange students:
-
Offered as a single subject:
yes
Price (single subject):
10625 DKK (incl. vat)
Programme
Level:
MSc. Master
Programme:
MSc in Games
Staff
Course semester
Semester
Forår 2021
Start
25 January 2021
End
28 May 2021
Exam
Exam type
ordinær
Internal/External
ekstern censur
Grade Scale
7-trinsskala
Exam Language
GB
Abstract
Students attending this course will be able to implement core algorithms and systems related to game development.
Description

The course will approach algorithms that are core to the development of digital games as well as technical subjects that were only superficially addressed in the first semester course "Game Programming".

The course will build on the following main topics:
  • Foundational computational geometry algorithms 
  • Geometric transformations
  • Collision detection
  • 3D tracking and motion capture (for animation and spatial user interaction)
  • Character animation
In addition, the student will be supervised in the acquisition of specialized knowledge in a related area of their choice. Example topics include:
  • Rigid body dynamics
  • Animation blending
Formal prerequisites
The essential skills and requirements are:
  • Good programming skill, since the course will propose programming exercises and will require a final project. 
  • Knowledge of basic data structures, such as linked lists and dictionaries.
  • Foundational understanding of discrete mathematics, especially vector and matrix operations.

Optimally the student has completed the course "Game Programming".

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Implement space partitioning and basic geometric algorithms (changed from: Implement space partitioning and basic triangulation algorithms)
  • Explain how geometric transformations are used to place and move elements in a scene (unchanged)
  • Describe how space partitioning algorithms to optimize collision computations (changed from: Use space partitioning algorithms to optimize collision computations)
  • Describe how spatial user interaction techniques are used to select, manipulate and animate virtual objects (changed from: Implement basic spatial user interaction techniques to select, manipulate and animate virtual objects using motion controllers)
  • Program a basic character animation system (unchanged)
  • Analyze, implement and explain a topic of their choice. The topic must be related to the core content of the course (unchanged)
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
D: Submission of written work with following oral, External (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
D22: Submission with following oral exam supplemented by the submission.