Computing Science Course Outlines

Course Outline - CMPT 888 - Special Topics in Computer Graphics, HCI, Vision and Visualization



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2012 Spring (1121)

Special Topics in Computer Graphics, HCI, Vision and Visualization

Ghassan Hamarneh   

Burnaby Mountain Campus

Calendar Objective/Description

Examines current research topics in computer graphics, human computer interaction (including audio), computer vision and visualization.

Instructor's Objectives

Anatomical and functional medical imaging modalities (such as MRI, X-ray CT, Ultrasound, PET, SPECT, and FMRI) are allowing us to peer inside the human body and providing scientists and physicians with a wealth of information indispensable for understanding, modelling, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The number of medical images acquired on a daily basis is growing, finer details are captured and larger image sizes are produced, and the dimensionality of images is increasing from two dimensional scalar images to dynamic 3D multi-valued fields. This is resulting in image data that cannot be effectively and accurately processed with traditional simple visual inspection techniques. The development of computational tools for medical image analysis therefore has tremendous value and is the focus of this course. By reading and discussing recent research papers on medical image analysis we will explore topics in medical imaging, image processing/filtering, image segmentation, image registration and shape modeling in the context of different applications such as computer aided diagnosis and statistical shape analysis. For more information see:




  • Medical image processing/filtering
  • Medical image segmentation
  • Medical image registration
  • Deformable shape modeling and analysis
  • Clinical applications


To be discussed in the first week of classes. Grading will be primarily based on students' active participation in the discussions, paper presentations, and a project.

Reference Books

  • Medical Image Analysis, Dhawan, Wiley-IEEE Press, 978-0471451310
  • Biomedical Imaging, Visualization, and Analysis, Robb, Wiley-Liss, 978-0471283539
  • Biomedical Image Analysis, Rangayyan and Neuman, CRC Press, 978-0849396953
  • Medical Image Analysis Methods, Costaridou , CRC Press, 978-0849320897
  • Medical Image Processing, Reconstruction, and Restoration, Jan, CRC Press, 978-0824758493
  • Handbook of Medical Imaging, Volume 2, Medical Image Processing and Analysis, Sonka and Fitzpatrick, SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 978-0819436221
  • Handbook of Medical Imaging: Processing and Analysis, Bankman, Academic Press, 978-0120777907
  • Insight into Images: Principles and Practice for Segmentation, Registration, and Image Analysis, Yoo, A K Peters/CRC Press, 978-1568812175

Academic Honesty Statement

Academic honesty plays a key role in our efforts to maintain a high standard of academic excellence and integrity. Students are advised that ALL acts of intellectual dishonesty will be handled in accordance with the SFU Academic Honesty and Student Conduct Policies ( ).

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