Computer Science and Mathematics (3 Years) [BSc]

Computer Vision


Unit code: COMP37212
Credit Rating: 10
Unit level: Level 3
Teaching period(s): Semester 2
Offered by School of Computer Science
Available as a free choice unit?: Y

Requisites

Prerequisite

Additional Requirements

Students who are not from the School of Computer Science must have permission from both Computer Science and their home School to enrol.

Pre-requisites

To enrol students are required to have taken COMP11120 (waived for CM students) plus COMP27112.

Aims

To provide a broad introduction to Computer Vision and Image Interpretation. To introduce the basic concepts and algorithmic tools of Computer Vision To explore the importance of modelling and representation in interpretation of images. To provide an understanding of the range of processing components involved in image interpretation systems.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures

22

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are detailed on the COMP37212 course unit syllabus page on the School of Computer Science's website for current students.

Assessment methods

  • Written exam - 90%
  • Written assignment (inc essay) - 10%

Syllabus

The tools and algorithms of computer vision are introduced in the context of two major capabilities required of visual systems: recognition - finding and identifying expected things in images and 3D interpretation - understanding a dynamic 3D scene from 2D images or sequences of images. These capabilities are explored using applications of varying levels of complexity: recognising man-made objects, interpreting medical images, face recognition, robotics, scene reconstruction and surveillance.

Students taking the module will require some basic familiarity with matrix and vector algebra, such as that covered in MT1662 or MT1672. Tutorial material will be provided where the mathematics goes beyond the scope of those modules. A general familiarity with basic concepts of calculus (integration, partial differentiation) will also be useful.

Introduction:

The role of Computer Vision, applications, successes, research issues; its relationship to natural vision, basic image properties.

Image Interpretation: Finding Things in Images

Exemplars

  • Face Recognition, Medical Image Analysis, Recognising man-made objects.
  • Representing knowledge of expected image contents.
  • Matching models to image data.
  • Simple implicit models: Thresholding, Edge finding, Organising mechanisms. Mathematical Morphology.
  • Hough Transform, Template Matching (correlation), Active Contour Models (Snakes).
  • Multi-resolution approaches, Feature-based models, Edges, Corners, Object Recognition.
  • Flexible Templates, Search, Constraining Model Fit, Statistical Models, Describing natural variability, Active Shape Models, Recognition, Classification.

Beyond 2D: 3D and Motion

Exemplars

  • Robot Vision, Scene Reconstruction, Surveillance.
  • Stereopsis: Recovering depth, The correspondence problem, Stereo constraints.
  • Motion: Tracking, Image differencing, Feature matching Models, Optic flow.

In addition to the material in lecture notes and textbooks, Self-test questions and solutions will be provided.  For some topics, practical exercises, with associated MATALB scripts and images will be available for use by students unsupervised.  These additional materials may be downloaded from the course web site.

Recommended reading

COMP37212 reading list can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.

Feedback methods

Written feedback is provided on 6 pieces of coursework throughout the course, corresponding to the major topics covered.

Study hours

  • Lectures - 23 hours
  • Independent study hours - 77 hours

Teaching staff

Aphrodite Galata - Unit coordinator

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