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Georgia Institute of Technology

Introduction to Computer Vision

Georgia Institute of Technology via Udacity


This course provides an introduction to computer vision including fundamentals of image formation, camera imaging geometry, feature detection and matching, multiview geometry including stereo, motion estimation and tracking, and classification. We’ll develop basic methods for applications that include finding known models in images, depth recovery from stereo, camera calibration, image stabilization, automated alignment (e.g. panoramas), tracking, and action recognition. We focus less on the machine learning aspect of CV as that is really classification theory best learned in an ML course.

The focus of the course is to develop the intuitions and mathematics of the methods in lecture, and then to learn about the difference between theory and practice in the problem sets. All algorithms work perfectly in the slides. But remember what Yogi Berra said: In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. (Einstein said something similar but who knows more about real life?) In this course you do not, for the most part, apply high-level library functions but use low to mid level algorithms to analyze images and extract structural information.


  • Introduction
    • Introduction
  • Image Processing for Computer Vision
    • Linear image processing,Model fitting,Frequency domain analysis
  • Camera Models and Views
    • Camera models,Stereo geometry,Camera calibration,Multiple views
  • Image Features
    • Feature detection,Feature descriptors,Model fitting
  • Lighting
    • Photometry,Lightness,Shape from shading
  • Image Motion
    • Overview,Optical flow
  • Tracking
    • Introduction to tracking,Parametric models,Non-parametric models,Tracking considerations
  • Classification and Recognition
    • Introduction to recognition,Classification: Generative models,Classification: Discriminative models,Action recognition
  • Useful Methods
    • Color spaces and segmentation,Binary morphology,3D perception
  • Human Visual System
    • The retina,Vision in the brain

Taught by

Irfan Essa and Aaron Bobick


4.7 rating, based on 7 Class Central reviews

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    SoonYau Cheong
    I think this is the best computer vision MOOC as it covers almost all the traditional computer vision techniques (as opposed to deep learning). This is a proper graduate-level course with rigorous mathematics and the instructor has good sense of humour too. My advice for or students planning to take this course is, after the first few lessons, you don't need necessarily need to follow the course order, just jump the the topics you're interested in or you might not finish the whole thing. I have been following this course on and off for 3 months but still yet to finish half of it.
  • Anonymous
    Simply the best course I have ever taken. The content is interesting, the presenter is engaging and the concepts are explained clearly and intuitively. Mixed through the lectures are matlab/octave exercises which are really great for checking understanding of the lecture material and give a good amount of practice in the practical application of the knowledge you are getting. Really wish some of my engineering lectures at university could compare to the quality of this course.
  • Anonymous
    Its the best quality content available free for computer vision. Some tips are: if you need some reference then only download the pdf of the coursebook it is not worth buying. I purchased Forsyth and ponce and it was a total waste of money. The book is wayyy too hard. So do it . In the initial lectures( module 2- 3) do it at a slightly fast pace because if you do it slowly you might lose interest in the course.
  • Prof. Aaron Bobick makes the class interesting with his humor. He generates interest for people by covering the topics at a faster pace yet in a way understandable for newbies.
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