Math 155, Lecture 1, Winter 2017

Mathematical Imaging

Lecture Meeting Time: MWF 1.00PM - 1:50PM.
Lecture Location: MS 5118.
Discussion Section: Tuesday 1.00PM - 1:50PM, MS 5118.

Instructor: Luminita A. Vese
Office: MS 7620D
Office hours: Thursday 1-2pm.

E-mail: lvese[at]

Teaching Assistant: Baichuan Yuan. E-mail: byuan[at]
Office: MS 6147.
Office hours: Tuesday 2-3pm and Wednesday 4-5pm.

  • R.C. Gonzalez and R.E. Woods, Digital Image Processing, 3rd edition, Prentice-Hall, 2008.

    Pre-requisites: courses Maths 32B and Maths 33B, Maths 115A and PIC 10A.

    Math 155 is an introductory course on mathematical models for image processing and analysis. The students will become familiar with basic concepts (such as image formation, image representation, image quantization, change of contrast, image enhancement, noise, blur, image degradation), as well as with mathematical models for edge and contour detection (such as the Canny edge detector), filtering, denoising, morphology, image transforms, image restoration, image segmentation, and applications. All theoretical concepts will be accompanied by computer exercises.

    Useful Links:
  • PIC Lab: 2000 Math Sciences Building
  • Textbook website
  • MATLAB documentation
  • More about Matlab
  • Quick Matlab Documentation (thanks to Prof. Chris Anderson, UCLA)
  • Class Web Page:
  • Tutorial: Image Processing with Matlab (Pascal Getreuer)

    Sections studied in the lecture (3rd Edition):
  • Introduction
  • 1.4 Fundamental Steps in Digital Image Processing
  • 2.3.4. A Simple Image Formation Model
  • 2.4 Image Sampling and Quantization: 2.4.1, 2.4.2, 2.4.3, 2.4.4.
  • Chapter 3: Sections 3.1, 3.2 (3.2.1-3.2.4 except Bit-plane slicing), 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6.
  • Chapter 4: Sections 4.2, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9, 4.10, 4.11.
  • Chapter 5: Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 5.8, 5.9, 5.10.
  • Chapter 10: Sections 10.2.5, 10.2.6.
  • ...

    Assignment Policy: There will be weekly homework assignments on theoretical questions and computer projects. Homework will be assigned every week and collected every Friday in class. The lowest homework score will be dropped.

  • One Midterm Exam: Monday, February 13 (in class).
  • One Final Exam: 03/21/2017, Tuesday, 3pm-6pm. Sample questions for the final
    These are closed note and closed book written exams.

    Grading Policy: HW 30%, Midterm 25%, Final 45%

    Class materials:
  • SampleMatlabCode.m
  • Illustration of shifting the center of the FT in 1D
  • Matlab code for the example above of computing the DFT in 1D and shifting the center
  • Matlab code reproducing the result in Fig. 4.3, using the DFT and IDFT

    The following material is obtained from the book web page (including review material for students, solutions (student version), projects):
  • Errata to the textbook
  • Review material offered by the book authors

    Homework Assignments, Projects & Practice Problems:

    HW #1 Due on: Friday, January 20.
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    HW #2 Due on: Friday, January 27.

    HW #3 Due on: Friday, February 3.
    HW3.pdf HW3.tex
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    HW #4 Due on: Friday, February 10.
    HW4.pdf HW4.tex
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    HW #5 Due on: Friday, February 17, or on Tuesday the following week.
    HW5.pdf HW5.tex
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    HW #6 Due on: Friday, February 24.
    HW6.pdf HW6.tex
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    HW #7 Due on: Friday, March 3 or the following Monday.
    HW7.pdf HW7.tex
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    HW #8 Due on: Friday, March 10.
    HW8.pdf HW8.tex
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    HW #9 Due on: Friday, March 17.
    HW9.pdf HW9.tex
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