Computer Vision

CS766, Fall 2007
Time: Tu Th 9:30am - 10:45am
Place: 304 Educational Sciences

Syllabus Projects    


Professor: Li Zhang
Telephone: (608)262-5083
Office: COMP S&ST 6387
Office Hours: 11:00AM-12:00PM Thursday (or by appointment)
TA: Yu-Chi Lai
Telephone: (608) 262-6612
Office: COMP S&ST 5384
Office Hours: 12:00-1:00PM Monday and Wednesday (or by appointment)

The goal of computer vision is to compute properties of the three-dimensional world from digital images. Specific problems in this field include reconstructing the 3D shape of an environment, determining how things are moving, and recognizing familiar people and objects and their activities, all through analysis of images and videos.

This course will provide an introduction to computer vision, including such topics as image formation, feature detection, motion estimation, image mosaics, 3D shape reconstruction, and object recognition. Applications of these techniques include building 3D maps, creating virtual characters, organizing photo and video, databases, human computer interaction, video surveillance, automatic vehicle navigation, and others.

This course will be self-contained; students do not need to have computer vision background. Prerequisites are linear algebra, calculus, and C/C++ programming.
If you are not sure whether you can take it, please send me email or talk to me!

Forsyth & Ponce, Computer Vision:  A Modern Approach, Pearson, 2002, ISBN 0130851981

Recommended readings
L. Shapiro and G. Stockman, Computer Vision, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2000.
R. Hartley and A. Zisserman, Multiple View Geometry in Computer Vision, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2000.
M. Sonka, V. Hlavac and R. Boyle, Image Processing, Analysis, and Machine Vision, Brooks/Cole Publishing, 1999.
E. Trucco and A. Verri, Introductory Techniques for 3-D Computer Vision, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 1998.
A. Watt and F. Policarpo, The Computer Image, Addison-Wesley, Harlow, UK, 1998.
R. Jain, R. Kasturi and B. G. Schunck, Machine Vision, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1995.
V. S. Nalwa, A Guided Tour of Computer Vision, Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1993.
O. Faugeras, Three-Dimensional Computer Vision, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1993.
B. K. P. Horn, Robot Vision, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1986.

The grade is based on five programming projects. There will be no exams or written assignments. The final project is research-oriented: students propose their own project topics, subject to the instructor's approval. The first four projects contribute 15% each and the final one is 40%.

Email list:
Computer account: Everyone registered in this class will get a Computer Systems Lab account to do project assignments.