Image Systems Engineering

Image Systems Engineering


In this introduction to digital imaging technologies, learn how software simulation is used to model image systems components and the human visual system. Gain insight into how imaging technologies handle the requirements of complex biological and psychological processes. Explore the basic tools used in digital imaging and image quality measurement and the value of image systems simulations in neuroscience and industrial vision applications. This course will include a project component.

Non-degree option students are required to take this course for 3 units.


EE261 or equivalent. Some background in mathematics (linear algebra) and programming (Matlab) is valuable.

Topics include

  • Image processing principles
  • Image sensors
  • Basic principles of optics (Snell's Law, diffraction, adaptive optics, light fields)
  • Color science, metrics and calibration
  • Human vision (space, depth, motion)
  • Displays
  • Computational methods

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