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Diploma in the Foundations of Computer Vision

In this free online course, learn about the strategies to train computers to visualize and comprehend digital content.

Publisher: NPTEL
Did you know that more than fifty per cent of the human brain is devoted to processing visual information at approximately sixty images per second with millions of pixels in each image? This free online course enlightens you about the technology that performs automated tasks that the human visual system can do. Start learning about Computer Vision’s techniques through this course and alter your perception of how you see the world.
Diploma in the Foundations of Computer Vision
  • Duration

    15-20 Hours
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Computer Vision has evolved from mimicking human vision systems to vision-based robotic systems for making reliable decisions. Though the human visual system is amazing in processing images, it falls short in perceiving the world in the same manner as digital detectors. How do we translate the human visual system to digital imaging devices to make reliable decisions? We should approach this scientifically to achieve an aesthetic standard to support a preferred reality using image processing techniques. How are quality decisions from the processed images made? This process calls for the strategies to visualize and comprehend digital images’ content for reliable decision-making. This undertaking is the primary function of computer vision. Further, the overlap between image processing and computer vision at the conceptual level, and the jargon, often misunderstood, is being used interchangeably. This course will address all these techniques and explain their differences at the fundamental level.

Image descriptors describe the elementary characteristics such as the shape, colour, texture or motion of the image. They are the first step to finding out the connection between pixels in a digital image and what humans recall after observing an image. Hence, It’s essential to understand the process of detecting such features and conceptualize how feature correspondences can be established across different images. The following are vital questions that need to be addressed: What characteristics make good image features? What kind of algorithms are used to extract features in images? The course will look at these questions and describes how features can be detected and tracked through a sequence of images and fused with other sources for localisation. In addition, it addresses how feature learning is investigated to generate more efficient features for biological image-processing tasks such as recognition, retrieval, tracking, and categorising of images.

The human brain is an extremely complex structure, with around 100 billion neurons and 1,000 trillion synaptic interconnections. It relies on electrochemical signalling with inter-related timing and analogue components, the sort of molecular and biological machinery that neuroscientists are only beginning to unravel. Is it possible to simulate the human brain? Are artificial neural networks a good model for the brain? Are neural networks, which are suitable devices for computation, really able to imitate the human mind? This course will introduce you to the field of computer vision and deep learning and help you answer many questions that are commonly prevalent in these disciplines. This course in computer vision foundations is an informative course that will interest those studying computer science or those interested in these topics. Why wait? Sign up today and start learning about this prominent field of humanising machines through deep learning.

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