ELEC ENG 4061 - Image Processing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

This course is an introduction to image processing and image analysis techniques and concepts. Areas examined include: Imaging sensors and their principles; Image representation and storage, coding and compression techniques, lossy versus lossless; Techniques for noise reduction. Image enhancement including contrast manipulation, histogram equalization, edge highlighting; Filtering and transform techniques for image processing including two dimensional Fourier transforms, wavelets and convolution; Spatial transformations and image registration. Segmentation and thresholding techniques; Applications of morphology to image processing including erosion, dilation and hit-or-miss operations for binary and grey scale images; Image feature estimation such as edges, lines, corners, texture and simple shape measures. Object classification, template matching techniques and basic image based tracking will also be examined.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 4061
    Course Image Processing
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 3033, COMP SCI 1008 COMP SCI 1009
    Assessment Examination (50%) and assignments (50%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Danny Gibbins

    Course Co-ordinator & lecturer: Dr. Danny Gibbins
    Email: danny.gibbins@adelaide.edu.au
    Office: Ingkarni Wardli 2.24
    Phone: 8313 3162
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Demonstrate a knowledge of a broad range of fundamental image processing and image analysis techniques and concepts (linear and non-linear filtering, denoising, deblurring, edge detection, line finding, detection, morphological operators, compression, shape metrics and feature based recogniton)
    2 Identify, Demonstrate and apply their knowledge by analysing image processing problems and recognising and employing (or proposing) effective solutions
    3 Design and create practical solutions to a range of common image processing problems and to critically assess the results of their solutions, including shortcomings

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.5   2.1   2.2   3.2   3.4   3.5   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All essential materials such as lecture notes and slides provided by the course presenter.
    Recommended Resources
    • R.C. Gonzales & R.E. Woods “Digital Image Processing” (2nd or 3rd edition), Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-201-18075-8
    Supporting Texts:
    • K.R. Castleman “Digital Image Processing”, Prentice Hall.
    • J.C. Russ “The Image Processing Handbook”, IEEE Press.
    Online Learning
    Extensive use will be made of the MyUni web site for this course, https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login 

    Course notes, tutorial and assignment problems and solutions, laboratory exercises and practice problems will all be available for downloading from the web site. Where the lecture theatre facilities permit, audio or video recordings of lectures will also be available for downloading.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material. Tutorials supplement the lectures by providing exercises and example problems to enhance the understanding obtained through lectures. Practicals and assignments are used to provide hands-on experience for students to reinforce the concepts encountered in lectures. Continuous assessment activities via programming assignments provide the formative assessment opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact hours Workload hours
    Lecture 24 lectures 36 48
    Tutorials 12 tutorials 12 12
    Assignments 4 (coding+written) 60
    TOTALS 60 140
    Learning Activities Summary

    Part A – Processing (Weeks 1-6)
    • Sensors, image representation & storage
    • Basic image processing (contrast enhancement, simple noise reduction, color balancing)
    • Spatial transformations and image registration (affine, projective, re-sampling methods, optical flow)
    • Image Filtering in the spatial and frequency domains (FIR filter, Fourier transforms, high-pass/low-pass, Wiener filters etc)
    • Transform representations (DCT, Wavelets) and Image compression.
    Part B – Analysis (Weeks 7-11)
    • Thresholding and segmentation
    • Binary image filtering – Morphological Filters (opening, closing, watershed)
    • Feature Extraction – Edges, lines and corners
    • Feature Extraction – Texture and shape measures
    • Template matching and video tracking techniques (cross correlation, MACH filters generalized Hough transforms etc)
    • Feature based object classification and recognition and basic video tracking
    Assignments (times, topics are only approximate)
    1. Basic image processing (week 3)
    2. Spatial transforms and/or registration (week 6)
    3. Edge detection and line finding (week 8)
    4. Segmentation and Object Classification (week 10)

    • Informal Quiz (week 8)
    • Revision (week 12)
    • Consulting (times to be advised)
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are required to have access to Matlab software. This is available at various facilities such as the CATS suite or the undergraduate computer labs of the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. It is the individual student’s responsibility to ensure his or her access to these facilities at appropriate times is available.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Assignments (4, combination of code and written questions, report format) 50 Individual Summative Weeks 5-12 Min 40% 2. 3.
    Exam 50 Individual Summative Exam Week Min 40% 1. 2.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. b. 3.   
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The examination and assignments are prescribed summative assessment exercises in which students must obtain at least a total of 50% in both the assignment and exam. Failure to achieve at least 50% in either the exam or the practical work will mean that the student will obtain a final total mark of no more than 49%.
    Assessment Detail
    Details of individual assessment tasks will be provided during the semester.
    All assignment submissions to formative assessment activities are to be submitted electronically via the links provided in the assignments Folder of this course on MyUni.
    Any late submissions will receive penalties. All formative assessments will have a 2-3 week turn-around time for provision of feedback to students.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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