VR Design for Science: Calendar, Fall 2019

Note that the readings listed for each day should be read in preparation for that day's class meeting. That means that you should look ahead each week to the next class and do the reading for it before class meets. Each assignment is due on the first meeting (Tuesday) of its listed week, unless otherwise specified in the handout.

If you need help with an assignment, please check out the wiki! It's constantly being updated and has information about using CavePainting, what to do if things go wrong, and who to contact if you can't fix stuff yourself. If you sign up for a wiki user name using the link in the upper-right corner, you can edit pages and create new ones to share information with your classmates.

Another bit of useful information for you might be the answers your classmates handed in for questions on previous assignments.


The first class meets Thursday, September 5th at 10am in 180 George St. room 102B.

Assignment Overview

Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Date 9/5 9/10
9/12
9/17
9/19
9/24
9/26
10/1
10/3
10/8
10/10
10/15
10/17
10/22
10/24
10/29
10/31
11/5
11/7
11/12
11/14
11/19
11/21
11/26
11/28
12/3
12/5
12/10
12/11
Due   1A,1B 1C,1Q 2A 2B,2Q 3A 3B,3Q 4A 4B 5.1,5.2 5.3 5
Assigned 1 2A 2B 3 4 5.1,5.2 5.3

Week 1: Thurs 9/5 at 180 George St room 102B

TopicSectionsAssignments

Introduction to Scientific Visualization and the YURT

  • the class
  • the scientific method
  • tips on reading scientific papers
  • Introduction to the YURT virtual reality environment
  • Introduction to Scientific Visualization
  • Introduction to Scientific Research
  • the computer scientist as a toolsmith
  • scientific questions at different levels
  • hypothesis generation
    • by Professor Stephen Gatesy
  • Introduction to Natural Force and Form
    • Slides
    • Description
    • Timeline
    • Animal locomotion
    • Evolutionary anatomical development
Visuals microworlds, electron micro, fluid images, Char Davies, body without organs, bat wings
Readings
  • Read Form, Shape and Mass Chapter 3., pp 57-85, from Abstraction in Art and Nature by Nathan Cabot Hale. Look at the images.
  • Read Sensitive Chaos by Schwenk.
  • Read Patterns in Nature by Peter Stevens for topics relevant to your assignment hypothesis. Also, skim the full book, which is in the Cave room (please, the book should not leave that room.)
Slides

Week 2: Tues 9/10 at 180 George St room 102B

TopicSectionsAssignments

Natural Force and Form

  • Idea sketches
  • Discussion and adjustment
  • Introduction to YURT procedures
Group Crits Assignment 1: Ideas Sketches
Readings
Slides  

HELP SESSION: class wiki, Introduction to the Cave, and the CavePainting Manual.

Week 2: Thurs 9/12 at 180 George St room 102B

TopicSectionsAssignments

Natural Force and Form

  • Idea sketches
Group Crits Assignment 1: Ideas Sketches
Readings
  • Read original Cave paper. Spend about 15-30 minutes on it. This is for historical context about the Cave and to give a feel for some of the trade-offs of a Cave compared to other kinds of virtual reality environments. Concentrate on sections 1.1, 1.2, 6, and 7. Section 3 mentions some of the physical design issues that might be interesting. This paper was written in 1993, so some parts may seem out of date.
Slides  

Week 3: Tues 9/17 at 180 George St room 102B

TopicSectionsAssignments

Natural Force and Form

  • Assignment 1 Presentation part 1
Group Crits Assignment 1: Cavepainting Drawings
Readings
Slides  

Week 3: Thurs 9/19 at 180 George St room 102B

TopicSectionsAssignments

Natural Force and Form

  • Assignment 1 Presentation part 2
Group Crits Assignment 1: Cavepainting Drawings
Readings
Slides

Week 4: Tues 9/24 at 180 George St room 102B

TopicSectionsAssignments

Gradients

  • Gradient Tutorial: Real materials
  • Gradient Tutorial: CavePainting
Readings
Slides  

Week 4: Thurs 9/26 at 180 George St room 102B

TopicSectionsAssignments

Gradients

  • Weather map proposals
  • Gradient Workshop
Readings
Slides
  • Fritz's weather map slides
  • Week 5: Tues 10/1 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Weather Map

    • Assignment 2 Critiques part 1
    Group Crits Assignment 2
    Readings
    Slides  

    Week 5: Thurs 10/3 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Weather Map

    • Assignment 2 Critiques part 2
    • Introduction to human footprint research
      • by Professor Stephen Gatesy
      • Sectioning and layering of data
      • mapping and elucidating volumetric structure
      • interaction of surfaces and particles
      • Using the VR space to investigate occluded data.
    Group Crits Assignment 2
    Readings
    Slides

    Week 6: Tues 10/8 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    3D Visualization

    • Assignment 3 Sketches and Proposals
    Readings
    Slides  

    Week 6: Thurs 10/10 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    3D Visualization

    • Workshop: investigative approaches for 3D
    • CavePainting techniques for volumetric projection
    Readings
    Slides  

    Week 7: Tues 10/15 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    3D Visualization

    • Assignment 3 Critiques part 1
      • with Professor Stephen Gatesy
    Group Crits Assignment 3
    Readings
    Slides

    Week 7: Thurs 10/17 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    3D Visualization

    • Assignment 3 Critiques part 2
      • with Professor Stephen Gatesy
    • Introduction to kinematic variation research
    • -
      • Subsurface foot and toe movement
      • Motion and kinematic data
      • Comparing variation in datasets
      • Using VR space to visualize relationships of spatial and temporal variables
    Group Crits Assignment 3
    Readings
    Slides

    Week 8: Tues 10/22 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Kinematic Variation

    • Assignment 4 Sketches and Proposals part 1
      • with Professor Steve Gatesy
    Readings
    Slides

    Week 8: Thurs 10/24 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Kinematic Variation

    • Assignment 4 Sketches and Proposals part 2
      • with Professor Steve Gatesy
    Readings
    Slides  

    Week 9: Tues 10/29 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Kinematics

    • Assignment 4 Critiques part 1
      • with Professor Steve Gatesy
    Readings
    Slides  

    Week 9: Thurs 10/31 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Kinematics

    • Assignment 4 Critiques part 2
      • with Professor Steve Gatesy
    Readings
    Slides

    Week 10: Tues 11/5 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Final Project

    • Project Proposals
    • Hypothesis Critiques part 1
    Readings
    Slides  

    Week 10: Thurs 11/7 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Final Project

    • Project Proposals
    • Hypothesis Critiques part 2
    Readings
    Slides
  • Fritz - Storyboard Visuals
  • Week 11: Tues 11/12 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Final Project

    • Storyboard Critiques part 1
    Readings
    Slides  

    Week 11: Thurs 11/14 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Final Project

    • Storyboard Critiques part 2
    Readings
    Slides  

    Week 12: Tues 11/19 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Final Project

    • Single Frames
    • In-progress Crits
    Readings
    Slides  

    Week 12: Thurs 11/21 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Final Project

    • Work on Projects
    • In-progress Crits
    Readings
    Slides  
    • Work on poster for 12/10 demo
    • Continue working on final project

    Week 13: Tues 11/26 - Break (No class)

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Final Project

    • Work on Projects
    • In-progress Crits
    Readings
    Slides  

    Week 13: Thurs 11/28 - Thanksgiving (No class)

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Thanksgiving

    • No class
    Readings
    Slides  

    Week 14: Tues 12/3 at 180 George St room 102B

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Final Project

    • Last Actionable Crits
    • Final Project Discussion
    • Poster Crits
    Readings
    Slides  

    Week 14: Thurs 12/5 (Final Class)

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Final Project

    • Last Actionable Crits
    • Final Project Discussion
    • Poster Crits
    Readings
    Slides  

    Week 15: Tues 12/10 10-12pm

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Final Project

    • Public Yurt Demos
    Group Crit
    Readings
    Slides  
    • Final Project Due
    • Have posters ready, along with a 3-5 minute presentation

    Week 15: Thurs 12/12 10-12pm

    TopicSectionsAssignments

    Final Project

    • Final Project Critiques - Expect to go past 12!
    Group Crit
    Readings
    Slides