Last call early registration: Short e-course on Computer Vision and Image Processing, 24-25th February 2021

Dear Computer Vision/Image Processing engineers, scientists and enthusiasts,

you are welcomed to register in this short e-course on ‘Computer Vision and Image Processing’, 24-25th February 2021.
It will take place as a two-day e-course (due to COVID-19 circumstances), hosted by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Thessaloniki, Greece, providing a series of live lectures delivered through a tele-education platform. They will be complemented with on-line video recorded lectures and lecture pdfs, to facilitate international participants having time difference issues and to enable you to study at own pace.  You can also self-assess your knowledge, by filling appropriate questionnaires (one per lecture). You will be provided programming exercises to improve your programming skills.
It is part of the very successful CVML short course series that took place in the last three years.

Course description ‘Computer Vision and Image Processing’
The short e-course consists of 16 1-hour live lectures organized in two Parts (1 Part per day):
Part A (8 hours)  provide an in-depth presentation of Image Processing theory and its application in the above-mentioned diverse domains. First, an Introduction to Image Processing and Computer Vision will be offered to clarify concepts in a precise and mathematical way. Image formation and its issues (e.g., image noise, deformations) will then be detailed, whether based on visible light or on other modalities (e.g., Xrays, Ultrasound). Image sampling will provide the necessary background to understand the potential and limitations of digital images.  2D Signals and Systems will provide the theoretical and algorithmic tools for most image processing operations. Then notions related to Image transforms will be clarified, together with their applications in image/video analysis and compression.  Fast 2D convolution algorithms will provide efficient implementation of most image processing operations. Image perception will overview the Human Visual System and its impact on image quality and image processing system design specifications. Finally, Image filtering will provide tools to reduce noise and enhance image quality, e.g., to increase contrast, perform image zooming or printing.
Part B (8 hours) provide fan in-depth presentation of both 2D and 3D Computer Vision and Image Analysis theory and their applications in the above-mentioned diverse domains. Edge detection will allow to extract reliable object contours.  Region segmentation and Texture description will detail segmentation of an image into homogeneous regions. Either edge or region object descriptions will be employed in 2D object shape analysis. 3D Computer Vision starts with a detailed presentation of image acquisition and camera geometry, including camera calibration. Then, two lectures on a) Stereo and Multiview imaging and b) Structure from motion will provide the theoretical and algorithmic tools to recover 3D world models from images. They will be used on Localization and mapping that is of primary importance in Autonomous Systems and Robotic perception. Finally, Object tracking is presented, as it is of primary importance (together with object detection presented in the ML DNN e-course) in practically all the above-mentioned Computer Vision applications and way beyond.
Course lectures
Part A Image Processing (first day, 8 lectures):
1. Introduction to Image Processing and Computer Vision
2. Image Formation
3. Image Sampling
4. 2D Systems
5. Image Transforms
6. Fast 2D Convolution Algorithms
7. Image Perception
8. Image Filtering

Part B Computer Vision  (second day, 8 lectures):
1. Edge Detection
2. Region Segmentation. Texture Description
3. Shape Description
4. Image Acquisition. Camera Geometry
5. Stereo and Multiview Imaging
6. Structure from Motion
7. 3D Robot Localization and Mapping
8. Object Tracking
Though independent, the attendees of this short e-course will greatly benefit by attending the CVML short e-course on ‘Machine Learning and Deep Neural Networks’ 17-18th February 2021: 
CVML Short Course – Machine Learning and Deep Neural Networks
You can use the following link for course registration:

Lecture topics, sample lecture ppts and videos, self-assessment questionnaires and programming exercises can be found therein.
For questions, please contact: Ioanna Koroni <>

The short course is organized by Prof. I. Pitas, IEEE and EURASIP fellow, Chair of the IEEE SPS Autonomous Systems Initiative, Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Information analysis Lab (AIIA Lab), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Coordinator of the European Horizon2020 R&D project Multidrone. He is ranked 249-top Computer Science and Electronics scientist internationally by Guide2research (2018). He is head of the EC funded AI doctoral school of Horizon2020 EU funded R&D project AI4Media (1 of the 4 in Europe). He has 32200+ citations to his work and h-index 85+.

AUTH is ranked 153/182 internationally in Computer Science/Engineering, respectively, in USNews ranking.

Relevant links:
1) Prof. I. Pitas:
2) Horizon2020 EU funded R&D project Aerial-Core:
3) Horizon2020 EU funded R&D project Multidrone:
4) Horizon2020 EU funded R&D project AI4Media:
5) AIIA Lab:

Sincerely yours
Prof. I. Pitas
Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Information analysis Lab (AIIA Lab)
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

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