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COMP37212 Computer Vision syllabus 2019-2020

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COMP37212 Computer Vision

Level 3
Credits: 10
Enrolled students: 76

Course leader: Aphrodite Galata

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  • Pre-Requisite (Compulsory): COMP27112
  • Pre-Requisite (Compulsory): COMP11120

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.


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

Assessment methods

  • 70% Written exam
  • 30% Coursework
Sem 2 Lecture 1.5 Mon 10:00 - 11:00 -
Sem 2 Lecture 1.4 Fri 12:00 - 13:00 -
Sem 2 Lab 1.8 Thu 12:00 - 13:00 -
Themes to which this unit belongs
  • Visual Computing


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.


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.


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

Image Interpretation: Finding Things in Images


  • 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


  • 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.

Teaching methods



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)

Learning outcomes

Programme outcomeUnit learning outcomesAssessment
A1 A2 A5Have an understanding of the theoretical and practical capabilities of Computer Vision.
  • Examination
A1 A2 A5Have a knowledge of common Computer Vision and Image Interpretation algorithms.
  • Examination
A1 A2 A5 B1Have an understanding of the design of algorithms.
  • Examination
A1 A2 A5 B1Be able to formulate solutions to problems in Computer Vision.
  • Examination

Reading list

Machine visionJain, Ramesh and Rangachar Kasturi and Brian G. Schunck0070320187McGraw-Hill1995
Image processing, analysis and machine vision (4th edition)Sonka, Milan and Vaclav Hlavac and Roger Boyle9781133593690Nelson Engineering2014
Introductory computer vision and image processingLow, Adrian0077074033McGraw-Hill1991
Digital image processing (4th edition)Gonzalez, Rafael C. and Richard E. Woods9781292223049Pearson2018

Additional notes

Course unit materials

Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.