Computer vision and imaging is the exciting science and technology of machines that see, concerned with building artificial systems that obtain information from images that are derived from a range of sources. This MSc in Computing with Vision and Imaging teaches you the skills necessary to undertake work in this ever-evolving field.
Why study at Dundee?
Computer vision and imaging is a rapidly expanding field with plenty of real-life applications and opportunities. Here at Dundee, we encourage a professional, inter-disciplinary and user-centred approach to computer systems design and production.
Application areas include: controlling processes - e.g. an industrial robot or an autonomous vehicle detecting events - e.g. for visual surveillance or people counting organising information - e.g. for indexing databases of images and image sequences modelling objects or environments - e.g. for industrial inspection medical image analysis topographical modelling
You will acquire skills in computer vision, inference, algorithmic underpinnings of computer vision systems, how images and signals are formed, filter, compressed and analysed, and how multiple images can be combined.
Throughout this course, you will also develop the necessary skills to undertake independent research and participate in proposal development and innovation - an excellent grounding for many future careers.
What's Great about studying at Dundee?
Research-led teaching: Teaching at Dundee is research-led, meaning that the MSc programme benefits from association with cutting-edge research of international standard and its commercial applications.
We also have an active Computer Vision and Image Processing research group. Our Vision and Imaging students are involved in a number of http://www.computing.dundee.ac.uk/projects/vision/projects.php, and have been involved with a number of completed research projects like ACTIVE, a project concerning adaptive interfaces for the operation of secondary controls in motor vehicles using pointing gestures and virtual dashboards.
Links with industry
The School of Computing collaborates with, and has links to, companies such as IBM, NCR and Oracle.
You will have 24-hour access to our award winning and purpose-built Queen Mother Building. It has an unusual mixture of lab space and breakout areas, with a range of conventional and special equipment for you to use. It's also easy to work on your own laptop as there is wireless access throughout the building. Our close ties to industry allows us access to facilities such as Windows Azure and Teradata, and university and industry standard software such as Tableau for you to evaluate and use.
The School of Computing maintains a friendly, intimate and supportive atmosphere, and we take pride in the fact that we know all of our students - you're far more than just a matriculation number to us. We have a thriving postgraduate department with regular seminars and guest speakers.
What you will study
You select seven taught modules, three per semester, during the period September-April. You will make module selections with your advisor.
Semester 1 (Sept-Dec): Probabilistic Inference and Learning Signals and Images
Plus two from: Technology Innovation Management Computer Graphics Logical Inference & Symbolic Reasoning Information Theory
Semester 2 (Jan-Mar): Vision and Perception Research Methods
Plus one from: Computing Research Frontiers Multi-agent Systems & Grid Computing
Subject to examination performance, you then progress to the MSc project which runs from May to September, or to a Diploma project lasting 9 weeks.
Please note that some of the modules in the programme are shared with other masters programmes and some of the teaching and resources may be shared with our BSc programme. These joint classes offer a valuable opportunity to learn from, and discuss the material with, other groups of students with different backgrounds and perspectives.
How you will be assessed
The taught modules are assessed by continuous assessment plus end of semester examinations in December and March/April. The project is assessed by dissertation.
Computing coursework is often very practical, e.g. writing computer programs, designing interfaces, writing reports, constructing web sites, testing software, implementing databases, analysing problems or presenting solutions to clients.
The knowledge, skills and understanding that you will gain in the areas of computer vision, inference and learning will enable you to work effectively in the application of video and image-based computing - whether you choose industry, commerce or research.
Computing at the University of Dundee is ranked 21st in the UK according to most recent Times Good University Guide and 12th in the UK according to the Guardian University League Table 2009. The University of Dundee has powered its way to a position as one of Scotland's leading universities with an international reputation for excellence across a range of activities. With over 18,000 students, it is growing fast in both size and reputation. It has performed extremely well in both teaching and research assessment exercises, has spawned a range of spin-out companies to exploit its research and has a model wider-access programme.
Dundee has been described as the largest village in Scotland which gives an indication of how friendly and compact it is. With a population of 150,000 it is not too large but has virtually all the cultural and leisure activities you would expect in a much larger city. It is situated beside a broad estuary of the river Tay, surrounded by hills and farmland, and for lovers of the great outdoors it is hard to imagine another UK location that offers so much all year round on land and water. The University is situated in the centre of Dundee, and everything needed is on the one-stop campus: study facilities, help, advice, leisure activities... yet the attractions of the city centre and the cultural quarter are just a stroll away.