Modern Computer Vision

CSE 190 Topics in Computer Science, Spring 2017

Instructor: Manmohan Chandraker
Email: mkchandraker [AT] eng [DOT] ucsd [DOT] edu

Lectures: WF 5-6:20pm in WLH 2209
Office hours: W 7-8pm in CSE 4122
Class discussion and message board: Piazza


Computer vision is a branch of artificial intelligence that seeks to understand the world based on visual cues, primarily images. This understanding can be in the form of recovering three-dimensional scene properties, recognizing objects, labeling parts of the image into semantic categories, recognizing actions in videos or predicting behaviors.

The field of computer vision has made tremendous progress in recent years. It is increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives, with applications in search and social media. There is also widespread acceptance that computer vision will play a large role in enabling technologies of the future, such as self-driving cars or augmented reality. Computer vision seeks to analyze images to draw meaningful conclusions, which often requires drawing upon prior knowledge based on past observations. This makes machine learning a useful tool for computer vision. Indeed, the advent of deep learning frameworks has led to significant gains, allowing computer vision applications to succeed even in domains considered challenging just five years ago. In this class, we will explore the fundamentals of diverse topics in computer vision and understand how they are shaping the modern world of technology.


Math 20F, CSE 100 or Math 176, CSE 101 or Math 188 are required. CSE 152, CSE 166 or similar is strongly suggested. Required background includes linear algebra and calculus, data structures and algorithms, programming experience in MATLAB, Python, C or C++. Students are encouraged to contact the instructor if unsure about meeting any criteria for enrollment.

Course Format and Requirements

The course will primarily involve lectures by the instructor. The goal of the course is to develop an understanding of the current state of computer vision and gain appreciation of its limits and potential. Active participation by students is encouraged for in-class discussions.

Students will be required to do a mini-project or write a critical analysis on a focused topic. Wide flexibility is available for the choice of topic, but should be discussed with the instructor beforehand. The best analyses or projects may consist of conceptual development, or a practical implementation that builds upon the topics discussed in class.

Students may take the class with a letter grade option for 4 units. Grades will be weighted as 30% for a final exam, 30% for homeworks, 30% for mini-project and 10% for in-class participation. There will be three homework assignments. The mini-project may be in groups of up to three students.


The course will cover a diverse range of topics in computer vision. An inexhaustive list includes:



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