COS 429 - Computer Vision

Fall 2011

Course home Outline and lecture notes Assignments


The optional textbook for the course is Computer Vision: Algorithms and Applications by Richard Szeliski. There is a PDF version of the book available at In addition, we will be reading a few recent vision papers. If you don't have Acrobat Reader, you can get it from Adobe.


Date Lecture (click for notes) Readings Assignments
Thu, Sep 15 Introduction to computer vision Ch. 1.1  
Tue, Sep 20 Image formation and capture Ch. 2.2.3 – 2.3  
Thu, Sep 22 Filtering, edge detection Ch. 3.2, 3.4, 4.2  
Tue, Sep 27  Feature detectors and descriptors;
fitting, Hough transform
Ch. 4, Trucco & Verri, Ch. 4.1 – 4.3,
SIFT paper (optional)
Thu, Sep 29 PCA and SVD, Eigenfaces Ch. 14.2.1, A.1 – A.2  
Tue, Oct 4 Light, Color, and Perception Ch. 2.3.2 Assignment 1 due
Thu, Oct 6 Snakes and active contours Williams & Shah paper; Ch. 5.1 (optional);
Kass, Witkin, and Terzopoulos paper (optional)
Tue, Oct 11 Motion estimation and optical flow Ch. 8.4; Lucas-Kanade paper;
Ch. 8.1 – 8.3 (optional)
Thu, Oct 13 Image mosaicing; seam carving Ch. 6.1.1 – 6.1.4; Ch. 9 (optional);
Multires blending paper; Seam carving
Tue, Oct 18 Statistics in Vision; GMM; EM Ch. 5.3.1, B.1 – B.2  
Thu, Oct 20 Tracking, mean shift, Kalman filter Ch. 5.3.2  
Tue, Oct 25 Segmentation and clustering Ch. 5.2 – 5.4; Martin et al. segmentation paper
Shi and Malik normalized cuts paper
Assignment 2 due
Thu, Oct 27 Texture analysis and synthesis Efros & Leung paper; Efros & Freeman paper
Image Quilting page (with slides); Ch. 10.5
Tue, Nov 1 No class - fall break
Thu, Nov 3 No class - fall break
Tue, Nov 8 Intro to 3D vision; stereo Ch. 11.1 – 11.4; Ch. 12 (optional)  
Thu, Nov 10 Multibaseline stereo; voxel coloring Ch. 11.6; Voxel coloring paper  
Tue, Nov 15 Camera geometry and calibration Ch. 2.1; Ch. 6.3 (optional)  
Thu, Nov 17 More on stereo: graph cuts, diffusion Ch. 11.5; Diffusion paper; Graph cuts paper  
Tue, Nov 22 Active 3D scanning methods Ch. 12.2  
Thu, Nov 24 No class - Thanksgiving
Tue, Nov 29 Structure from motion Ch. 7 Assignment 3 due
Thu, Dec 1 Recognition and Classification I Intro notes; Bag of words notes (Fei-Fei Li);
Csurka et al. paper
Tue, Dec 6 Recognition and Classification II:
Discriminative Methods
Thu, Dec 8 Recognition and Classification III:
Incorporating Spatial Information
Tue, Dec 13 3D shape indexing and matching Shape search engine paper  
Thu, Dec 15 Shape from shading Photometric stereo paper  
Fri, Dec 16   Assignment 4 due
Project proposals due
Thu, Jan 12 Final project presentations    
Mon, Jan 16 Final project presentations    
Tue, Jan 17     Project reports due

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