Architectural Daylighting Tools, Fall 2009
CSCI 4963 Architectural Daylighting Tools, Fall 2009
Meeting Times: Wednesdays 10am-11:50am (tentatively)
Location: MRC 334 (conference room on southwest corner of 3rd floor)
Daylighting is the use of windows and reflective surfaces
to allow natural light from the sun and sky to provide effective and
interesting internal illumination. Appropriate daylighting strategies
can reduce energy consumption for electric lighting and create more
interesting and comfortable architectural spaces. There are many
aspects to designing a tool: aesthetics, efficiency, usability,
scientific relevance, its "fun-factor", and history, among others.
Graduate and undergraduate students from computer science,
architecture, and engineering will form interdisciplinary teams to
design, prototype, and evaluate novel technologies for architectural
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Permission of instructor required for registration.
Students who have successfully completed this course will be able to:
- Describe the principles of green design related to architectural
daylighting and the challenges in tackling these complex systems.
- Bring their expertise in computer science, architecture, or
engineering to an interdisciplinary team working to solve interesting
- Engage in effective communication strategies while working on
- Advanced Rendering Techniques for Accurate Lighting Simulation
- Ray Tracing
- Photon Mapping
- Existing Daylighting Analysis and Design Tools (physical & digital)
- Case studies from architecture and the challenges of effective
- Green Building design
- Glare and overheating risks
- User study methodology to evaluate new technology
Interdisciplinary seminar bringing together computer science,
architecture, engineering, and human computer interaction. Attendance
and participation in the weekly meetings is mandatory.
- Present and discuss academic publications from computer graphics
and human computer interaction.
- Evaluate existing user interfaces, focusing on those for
- Propose and prototype new user interfaces for architectural
- Design and conduct informal and formal user studies of existing
architectural design tools and proposed new interfaces.
- Document findings from these user studies.
Each students final grade in the course will be a based on:
- Attendance & scribing: 10%
- In class participation: 40%
- Special topic presentation: 20%
- Mid-semester discussion/proposal: 10%
- End-of-semester writeup: 20%
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