Lecturer: Frederic Gmeiner
Credits: 6 ECTS, 3 SWS
Date: Tuesday, 17:00 - 19:15h
Venue: Marienstraße 7b, Room 105
First meeting: 17.04.2012


Advanced Computational Design

This class is meant to give an overview about general advanced programming techniques, tools and concepts as well as a deeper look at current software technologies and how to deal with them in the context of media and interface design. The structure of the class will be organised in a workshop-like manner where each participant will have to prepare a presentation of a topic of his choice related to the curriculum.


OOP[[OOP|Object-Oriented Programming]] recap

  • Classes and inheritance
  • Scopes (public / private)
  • Examples & excercises

IDEs & tools

  • Eclipse and Processing
  • Autocompletion, Debugging

Structures & concepts

  • Datatypes in detail (String, ints, floats, double, ArrayList, HashMap ...).
  • Images and pixels >> exercises
  • Vector concepts and agents
  • Simple physics and particle systems

OpenFrameworks / oF

  • C++ concepts (pointer, header files...)
  • How to work with OpenFrameworks
  • Examples and excercises

3D with OpenGL

  • Primitives, lights, cameras in oF
  • What is OpenGL?
  • Concepts and terminology of 3D
  • Examples in oF

Computer vison with OpenCV

  • What is OpenCV?
  • Concepts and terminology
  • Examples in oF
  • Tracking example with kinect and OpenCV

Further topics / tools

  • Version control with GIT
  • Regular expressions / RegEx
  • Formats and protocols: XML, JSON[[JSON|JavaScript Object Notation]] Format, OSC[[OSC|Open Sound Control]]... - Jelena Djokic -Media:Vortrag_Protocols.pdf

Admission requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed the “Physical Computing I” class or have a fundamental knowledge of a high-level object-orientated programming language like JAVA. 

Registration procedure


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Eligible participants

Graduates enrolled in the Faculties of Media, Gestaltung and in the MediaArchitecture program


  • 17.04. Introduction, entry-level questionaire, topics and dates of student presentations
  • 24.04. Object orientated concept recap: Classes and inheritance, scopes (public/privat), examples and excercises
  • 08.05. Movement with velocity, simple collision detection of objects
  • 15.05. Arrays and other datatypes
  • 22.05. IDEs (example: Eclipse with Processing)
  • 29.05. Images & Pixels (Yue Mao) && Boids / Vectors (Jie Wang)
  • 05.06. Simple 3D in Processing (Xin Wang)
  • 12.06. Introduction to OpenFrameworks (Ivo Santos)
  • 19.06. Introduction to openGL (Yunshui Jin)
  • 26.06. Introduction to openCV & motion tracking by Kinect and SimpleOpenNI (Patawat)
  • 03.07. NO REGULAR CLASS: Bauhaus Spaziergang
  • 10.07. 2 presentation: 1. Protocols & communication formats & APIs [XML/JSON[[JSON|JavaScript Object Notation]] Format] by Jelena Djokic & Processing and the web by Augusto Gandia

Students Presentation


Hinweis: Die hier aufgeführte Literatur ist optional und nicht verbindlich!