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This is an archived syllabus from 2013-2014

COMP37212 Computer Vision syllabus 2013-2014

COMP37212 Computer Vision

Level 3
Credits: 10
Enrolled students: 42

Course leader: Aphrodite Galata

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Assessment methods

  • 90% Written exam
  • 10% Coursework
Sem 2 Lecture 1.3 Mon 11:00 - 11:00 -
Sem 2 Lecture 1.4 Fri 12:00 - 12:00 -
Sem 2 Lab 3rdLab Mon 14:00 - 14:00 -
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



Study hours

  • Lectures (23 hours)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

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

Reading list

Digital Image Processing, Global EditionRafael C. Gonzalez1292223049Pearson; 4 edition26 Oct. 2017
Machine vision Jain, Ramesh (1949-)0070320187McGraw-Hill1995.
Introductory computer vision and image processing Low, Adrian, 1956-0077074033McGraw-Hill1991.
Image processing, analysis, and machine vision Sonka, Milan, author.9781133593690Cengage Learning2015

Additional notes

Course unit materials

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