Prof. Corso moved to the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the University of Michigan in the 8/2014. He continues his work and research group in high-level computer vision at the intersection of perception, semantics/language, and robotics. Unless you are looking for something specific, historically, here, you probably would rather go to his new page.
UE 141 Discovery Seminar

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UE 141 DD Discovery Seminar on Computer Vision
SUNY at Buffalo
Fall 2010

Instructor: Jason Corso (jcorso)
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Meeting Time:M 3-4
Location: Bell 242
Office Hours: M 4-5 and F 2-3


  • First meeting is Monday 8/30.

Main Course Material

Course Overview and Plan: This seminar will explore the intriguing and often misunderstood field of Computer Vision---automatic computer interpretation of visual data. We will read about and watch various portrayals of core Computer Vision problems in popular culture, such as Robocop and Minority Report. In class, we will discuss these core research problems in light of the readings and videos to allow the students to build a understanding of where the exciting field of Computer Vision is now and where it is going in the future. The main goal of the seminar is to engage young students into computer vision problems: the visual world is complex and yet we humans are so good at parsing it. By the end of the seminar, the students will have an appreciation of the core problems in computer vision as well as a deeper appreciation to the complexities of visual scene understanding. The basic structure of each class is

  1. Watch a short segment of a movie that contains some depiction of computer vision in action.
  2. Open discussion to elucidate (1) what is happening in the segment, (2) why this is an easy / hard visual analysis problem, (3) what do we think the state of the art can do in this regard?
  3. Watch interviews of expert computer vision researchers comment on the clip.
  4. Time permitting, actually cover some of the state of the art developments / demos on the topic.
  5. Watch the segment for the subsequent week (students then spend their out of class time thinking about the segment in preparation for the subsequent week).

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites. The courses assumes a basic high school math and physics background and explores the visible world through the lens of Hollywood movies.

Grading: Per the Discovery Seminar program, grading is letter unless a student specifically request otherwise.

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