Computer Vision Methods and Applications (H) COMPSCI4066

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Computing Science
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The Computer Vision Methods and Applications (CVMA) course is intended to equip students with the necessary theoretical and practical understanding of image processing and computer vision techniques to enable them to meet the challenges of building advanced image-based applications. Examples of potential vision-based applications include: image understanding in mobile devices (cameras, phones, tablet computers etc.), robot vision systems, autonomous vehicle guidance and road monitoring, driver attention monitoring, image database query systems, creative media production tools, interactive gaming, augmented reality and visual biometrics, forensic image analysis, security and surveillance, and medical imaging. The course will focus on the application of recent advances in Computer Vision techniques that underpin a wide variety of systems and products based on methods such as: face detection, object recognition, tracking, segmentation and 3D imaging.


3 hours per week.

Requirements of Entry

No previous experience in computer vision is required, however a basic understanding of mathematics concepts, for example: matrices, vectors, elementary calculus and basic probability would be helpful, but not essential.

Excluded Courses





Algorithmics would provide a useful adjunct to CVMA.


Examination 80%

Lab Exercise 20%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Resit examinations ARE NOT ALLOWED for Honours students.

Resit examinations ARE ALLOWED for Masters students.

Course Aims

■ To provide a theoretical and practical understanding of 2D and 3D visual perception based on current image analysis techniques and currently available vision software libraries.

■ To equip the student with the ability to tackle the practical aspects of developing algorithms for vision-based applications as listed above (section 13). Therefore, CVMA will provide the student with the basic tools to undertake Level 4 and Masters projects that require vision to be applied within in these related disciplines.

■ To prepare the student for a career in Industry as a Computer Vision specialist in areas such as Research & Development, Technical Marketing and Intellectual Property Management; or for an Academic career, e.g. PhD research or Research Assistantship.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

1. Analyse critically computer vision algorithms and applications based on knowledge of image representation, image formation and basic processing techniques;

2. Implement feature extraction and object recognition algorithms;

3. Critically evaluate the basic geometric concepts in 3D computer vision and employed in recovery of 3D surfaces from stereo-pair images, or motion fields from image sequences;

4. Demonstrate the ability to apply the rudiments of information theory and basic image compression   techniques to the design of image coding/decoding algorithms;

5. Demonstrate competence in the use of the programming languages for vision-based applications prototyping. Demonstrate competence in the application of the key current image analysis libraries.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.