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Spring 2013-2014
* COS 496 / HLS 496 / ART 496   na, npdf

Special Topics in Computer Science - Modeling the Past: Digital Tech, and Excavations in Polis Cyprus

Szymon M. Rusinkiewicz
Joanna S. Smith

This course will bring together students in Computer Science and Art & Archaeology to explore how digital technologies assist in the analysis and exhibition of ancient artifacts. Students will use 3D modeling tools to reconstruct virtual buildings based on excavations at Polis, Cyprus, and will populate the buildings with scanned 3D models. The course project will be to prepare website materials for the excavation project.


Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings and practical exercises will prepare students for the final projects for the course. The final projects are three-dimensional digital renderings of buildings uncovered through archaeological excavation. The challenges are (a) to use primary archaeological information as the basis for building reconstruction, (b) to develop new approaches and techniques for handling uncertainties in the reconstruction of those buildings, (c) to include 3D scanned objects in building spaces.

Requirements/Grading:
Design Project - 60%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Statistical, design or other software use required

Other information:
The grading percentage for the Design Projects will be divided as follows: 20% will account for the midterm grade, and 40% will account for the final state of the project. Course structure: The class will meet once a week for three hours. Each session will be divided into two halves, the one half with a focus on culture history/art/archaeology and the other half with a focus on computer applications/techniques.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42767 L01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Friend Center   203   Enrolled:8 Limit:30