CSE 152A: Introduction to Computer Vision I

Winter 2021


Instructor: Ben Ochoa
Email: bochoa at
Office hours: Wed 8:00 PM-9:00 PM (primary) and Mon 8:00 PM-9:00 PM (secondary), and at other times by appointment

TA: Jiajian (Jimmy) Fu
Email: jif055 at
Office hours: Mon 9:00 AM-10:00 AM and Thu 10:00 AM-11:00 AM, and at other times by appointment

TA: Chuyang Hong
Email: hchuyang at
Office hours: Sat 10:00 AM-11:00 AM, and at other times by appointment

TA: Gaurav Nakum
Email: gnakum at
Office hours: Tue 5:00 PM-6:00 PM and Fri 2:00 PM-3:00 PM, and at other times by appointment

TA: Weijian Xu
Email: wex041 at
Office hours: Wed 11:00 AM-noon, and at other times by appointment

Note: when emailing the instructor or one of the TAs with questions about the class, please put "CSE 152A" in the subject line.

Class section ID: 30352
Lecture: MW 5:00 PM-6:20 PM
Discussion: Tu 11:00 AM-11:50 AM
Class discussion: Piazza

This course provides a broad introduction to the foundations, algorithms, and applications of computer vision. It introduces classical models and contemporary methods, from image formation models to deep learning, to address problems of 3D reconstruction and object recognition from images and video. Topics include filtering, feature detection, stereo vision, structure from motion, motion estimation, and recognition.

Prerequisites: Linear algebra and calculus. Python or other programming experience.

Programming aspects of the assignments will be completed using Python.

Late Policy: Assignments will have a submission procedure described with the assignment. Assignments submitted late will receive a 15% grade reduction for each 12 hours late (i.e., 30% per day). Assignments will not be accepted 72 hours after the due date. If you require an extension (for personal reasons only) to a due date, you must request one as far in advance as possible. Extensions requested close to or after the due date will only be granted for clear emergencies or clearly unforeseeable circumstances. You are advised to begin working on assignments as soon as they are assigned.

Academic Integrity Policy: Integrity of scholarship is essential for an academic community. The University expects that both faculty and students will honor this principle and in so doing protect the validity of University intellectual work. For students, this means that all academic work will be done by the individual to whom it is assigned, without unauthorized aid of any kind.

Collaboration Policy: It is expected that you complete your academic assignments on your own and in your own words and code. The assignments have been developed by the instructor to facilitate your learning and to provide a method for fairly evaluating your knowledge and abilities (not the knowledge and abilities of others). So, to facilitate learning, you are authorized to discuss assignments with others; however, to ensure fair evaluations, you are not authorized to use the answers developed by another, copy the work completed by others in the past or present, or write your academic assignments in collaboration with another person.

If the work you submit is determined to be other than your own, you will be reported to the Academic Integrity Office for violating UCSD's Policy on Integrity of Scholarship. In accordance with the CSE department academic integrity guidelines, students found committing an academic integrity violation will receive an F in the course.

Grading: There will be 5 homework assignments, and 4 quizzes and a final exam weighted with the following percentages:

Assignments: 60% (5% for assignment 0, 13.75% for each of the other 4 assignments)
Quizzes and final exam: 40%

The final exam will consist of 5 parts. The first 4 parts of the final exam correspond to the 4 quizzes. If your grade on one of those parts of the final exam is greater than your grade on the quiz corresponding to the same part, then the two grades will be averaged to determine your grade for that part of your "quizzes and final exam" grade (i.e., your grade for that part will increase); otherwise, your grade for that part will be your quiz grade only. The last part of the final exam will cover material from the last week of class, which there will not be a homework assignment or quiz on. This part of your "quizzes and final exam" grade will solely be determined from the last part of the final exam.

Assignments, quizzes, and final exam:

Lecture slides:

Lecture topics (tentative):

Optional, helpful textbooks:

Computer Vision: Algorithms and Applications, 2nd edition
Richard Szeliski
2011, 1st edition [Amazon] [Google]
Digital Image Processing, 4th edition
Rafael C. Gonzalez and Richard E. Woods
Pearson, 2018
Introductory Techniques for 3-D Computer Vision
Emanuele Trucco and Alessandro Verri
Prentice Hall, 1998

Multiple View Geometry in Computer Vision, 2nd edition
Richard Hartley and Andrew Zisserman
Cambridge University Press, 2004
[Cambridge Books Online] [Amazon] [Google]
Deep Learning
Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio, and Aaron Courville
MIT Press, 2016
[Amazon] [Google]

Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to fostering a learning environment for this course that supports a diversity of thoughts, perspectives, and experiences while respecting your identities (including race, ethnicity, heritage, gender, sex, class, sexuality, religion, ability, age, educational background, etc.). Our goal is to create an inclusive learning environment where all students can feel comfortable and thrive. Accordingly, the instructional staff will make a concerted effort to be welcoming and inclusive to the wide range of students in this course. If there is some way we can help you feel more included, please let one of the course staff know (in person, via email/Piazza, or even using an anonymous note).

We also expect that you, as a student in this course, will honor and respect your classmates, abiding by the UCSD Principles of Community. Please understand that others' backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences may be different than your own, and help us build an environment where everyone is welcomed and respected.

If you experience any sort of harassment or discrimination, please contact an instructor as soon as possible. If you prefer to speak with someone outside of the course, please contact the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination.

Students with Disabilities

We aim to create an environment in which all students can succeed. If you have a disability, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) and discuss appropriate accommodations as soon as possible. We will work to provide you with the accommodations you need, but you must first provide a current Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) letter issued by the OSD. You are required to present your AFA letters to the instructor and to the department's OSD Liaison so that accommodations may be arranged.

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If you are experiencing any insecurities related to basic needs (food, housing, financial resources), there are resources available on campus to help, including The Hub and the Triton Food Pantry. Please visit The Hub for more information.

Last update: March 9, 2021