For those who are interested and have time, Duke University is hosting a free course on Coursera.org entitled 'Image and video processing: From Mars to Hollywood with a stop at the hospital'.
Although not directly related to what we do day in and day out, a more in-depth understanding of the medium we work with can't hurt.
Pasted from the course description:
About the Course
The course will start with an introduction to the basics of image formation and the fundamental concepts that translate a physical scene into a digital image. We will then describe the underlying concepts of image compression, the enabling technology that makes it possible for images to be sent from Mars and videos to be stored in our mobile phones. We will cover the most fundamental tools in image enhancement, showing how simple tools can significantly improve images. Both geometric and non-geometric tools as well as spatial and non-spatial operations will be presented. Details on image segmentation will be provided, one of the most fundamental and useful problems in image processing. The above topics will be extended to color images and video. Once we have covered the fundamentals, which both provide the basis for modern image and video processing and serve many important applications until today, we will move into recent progress in the area, covering image inpainting (how to remove objects from images and video), image processing via sparse modeling and compressed sensing, geometric partial differential equations for image analysis, image processing for HIV and virus research, and image processing for neurosurgery and other medical applications.
Week 2- Image and Video Compression: We will learn the fundamental tools enabling us to receive images from Mars, to upload images to the web, and to store a lot of images and videos in our mobile phones.
Week 3- Spatial Processing: This week we will learn some of the most classical and fundamental tools that help us still today to make noisy, blurry, and dark images look much better.
Week 4- Image Restoration: When something is known or estimated about the degradation process, we can do much better, and in this week we will learn how.
Week 5- Image Segmentation: How do we split an image or video in its core components?
Week 6- Geometric PDEs: We will learn about the use of partial differential equations and geometric deformations for problems like image enhancement and object detection.
Week 7- Image and Video Inpainting: How to make objects disappear and other special effects.
Week 8- Sparse Modeling and Compressed Sensing: We will cover some of the most modern tools for image enhancement and image analysis.
Week 9- Medical Imaging: As an example of medical image analysis, we will illustrate examples and techniques in the areas of brain research and virus analysis.
Michael Elad, Sparse and Redundant Representations: From Theory to Applications in Signal and Image Processing, Springer.
Guillermo Sapiro, Geometric Partial Differential Equations in Image Analysis, Cambridge University Press.
Alex Bronstein, Michael Bronstein, and Ron Kimmel, Numerical Geometry of Non-Rigid Shapes, Springer
One of the first and still outstanding books in digital image processing is: Azriel Rosenfeld and Avinash Kak, Digital Picture Processing, Academic Press.
- Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.
- What resources will I need for this class?
The main resource needed for this class is curiosity and an appetite for learning a new topic. For those interested in pursuing some of the projects, having Matlab (with their own license) and the image processing toolbox will be very useful. However, the same projects could be performed in other programming environments available to the students.
- What are the coolest things I'll learn if I take this class?
How to make objects disappear in images and videos, how to see the shape of viruses, how to analyze the inside of your brain, and how we can store so many images and videos in our mobile phones.