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This is an archived syllabus from 2013-2014

COMP61342 Computer Vision syllabus 2013-2014

COMP61342 Computer Vision

Level 6
Credits: 15
Enrolled students: 15

Course leader: Aphrodite Galata

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Assessment methods

  • 50% Written exam
  • 50% Coursework
Sem 2 P4 Lecture 2.15 Thu 09:00 - 09:00 -
Themes to which this unit belongs
  • Making Sense of Complex Data
  • Computer Science units for ACSwITM students (semester 2)


This unit will give students a foundation in the subject of machine vision. This will involve gaining familiarity with algorithms for low-level and intermediate-level processing and considering the organisation of practical systems. Particular emphasis will be placed on the importance of representation in making explicit prior knowledge, control strategy and interpretting hypotheses.

This course unit treats vision as a process of inference from noisy and uncertain data and emphasizes probabilistic and statistical approaches. As such, it will also give students a foundation in the statistical methods of image analysis.

Topics covered in the course include perception of 3D scene structure from stereo; image filtering, smoothing, edge detection; segmentation and grouping; learning, recognition, and search; tracking and motion estimation; behaviour modelling.

Emphasis will also be placed on the importance of understanding algorithmic stability and optimality as a framework for algorithmic design and research methodology.

This course unit is designed for students that are interested in Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, or Machine Learning. This course unit is also appropriate for students with an interest in Computer Graphics.


To introduce the basic concepts and algorithmic tools of computer vision.

To introduce the problems of building practical vision systems.

To explore the role of representation and inference.

To explore the statistical processes of image understanding and develop an understanding of advanced concepts and algorithms.

To discuss novel approaches to designing vision systems that learn.

To develop skills in evaluation of algorithms for the purposes of understanding research publications in this area.

Teaching methods


1 day per week (5 weeks)

Feedback methods

The assessment for this course unit is based on a combination of coursework and a closed-book exam. The coursework consists of: reports on a set of practical assignments carried out using MATLAB, an essay based on reading a collection of journal papers and a group presentation on selected research papers. Feedback will be provided via moodle and in person after the group presentations.

Study hours

Employability skills

  • Analytical skills
  • Group/team working
  • Oral communication
  • Research
  • Written communication

Learning outcomes

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

Learning outcomes are detailed on the COMP61342 course unit syllabus page on the School of Computer Science's website for current students.

Reading list

No reading list found for COMP61342.

Additional notes

Course unit materials

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