Fall 2020 - CMPT 412 D100

Computational Vision (3)

Class Number: 6643

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM

    We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

  • Prerequisites:

    MATH 152, and nine units in Computing upper division courses or permission of the instructor.



Computational approaches to image understanding will be discussed in relation to theories about the operation of the human visual system and with respect to practical applications in robotics. Topics will include edge detection, shape from shading, stereopsis, optical flow, Fourier methods, gradient space, three-dimensional object representation and constraint satisfaction.


Computer vision is the process of automatically extracting information from images and videos. The course covers various aspects of Computer Vision, for example, imaging geometry (camera calibration, stereo, and panoramic image stitching), video analysis (motion detection and tracking), image segmentation, object recognition, and more. The course teaches both traditional techniques and more recent learning-based approaches such as deep neural networks, while we will focus increasingly more on the latter. The course will be based on lectures and assignments. Students with non-standard backgrounds (such as video art, or the use of imaging in physics and biology) are encouraged to contact the instructor. Prerequisites: MATH 152 and nine units in Computing upper division courses or permission of the instructor. CMPT 307 is highly recommended.


  • Camera
  • Features
  • Image stitching
  • Optical flow
  • Segmentation
  • Object detection
  • Recognition
  • Reconstruction
  • Deep learning


  • Coding Assignments (100%) Students must attain an overall passing grade on the weighted average of exams in the course in order to obtain a clear pass (C- or better).



Reference Books

  • Computer Vision: Algorithms and Applications, Richard Szeliski,, Springer, 2011, 9781848829343, (Note it's downloadable as PDF from: http://szeliski.org/Book/drafts/SzeliskiBook_20100903_draft.pdf )

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