CMPSCI 590IV + 690IV:
Intelligent Visual Computing: A Neural Network Approach


Time: Fridays 11:15AM - 1:45PM
Location: CS142
Instuctor: Evangelos Kalogerakis
Office hours: Mondays 3:30-5PM, office CS250; at other times, drop in or make an appointment
TA Office hours: Wednesday 4-5PM, office CS207; at other times, drop in or make an appointment with TA

Lecture notes, programming resources, and assignments will be posted on the UMass Moodle web site.

Course Description

Intelligent visual computing is an emerging new field that seeks to combine modern trends in machine learning, computer graphics, computer vision to intelligently process, analyze and synthesize 2D/3D visual data. The course will start by covering 2D image and 3D shape representations, classification and regression techniques, and the fundamentals of deep learning. The course will then provide an in-depth background on analysis and synthesis of images and shapes with deep learning, in particular convolutional neural networks, recurrent neural networks, memory networks, auto-encoders, adversarial networks, reinforcement learning methods, and probabilistic graphical models.

Students will complete 6 programming assignments in Matlab/Octave and work on a course project related to visual computing with machine learning.

There are no prerequisites for CMPSCI graduate students, although familiarity with probability, statistics, linear algebra, undergraduate computer graphics, computer vision and machine learning is essential!

For others and undergrads, the course has the following prerequisites:
- Introduction to Algorithms (311 or equivalent) with grade B or better
- Artificial intelligence (383 or equivalent) with grade B or better
- Introduction to Computer Graphics (373, 473 or equivalent) with grade B or better

This course counts as a CS Elective toward the CMPSCI major (BA/BS) and can satisfy a second or third AI core requirement in the CMPSCI PhD and MSc program. It offers 3 credits.

Week-by-week outline (tentative)

Week 1: Image and Shape Representations, Basics of Classification & Regression [+assignment 1]
Week 2: Neural Networks, Convolutional Networks, Applications to 2D Object Recognition [+assignment 2]
Week 3: FCNs, ResNets, DenseNets, Siamese Networks, Applications to Image Segmentation
Week 4: 3D Deep Learning, 3D Shape Recognition and Segmentation [+assignment 3]
Week 5: 3D Object Reconstruction techniques
Week 6: 3D Shape Editing techniques [+assignment 4]
Week 7: Probabilistic Graphical Models, Image and Shape Priors
Week 8: Inference in Prob. Graphical Models, Applications to Image/Shape Processing [+assignment 5]
Week 9: Learning Probabilistic Graphical Models
Week 10: Recurrent Neural Networks, Applications to 3D animation [+assignment 6]
Week 11: Latent variables, Variational Auto‐Encoders, GANs Applications to Image Synthesis
Week 12: Generative Models of Images/Shapes, Autoencoders, Adversarial Networks
Weeks 13/14: Paper/Project presentations


Complete six assignments in Matlab.
- Research paper presentation and reaction reports.
- Class participation and discussions.

- Complete six assignments in Matlab.
- A term project. This should be an implementation of a machine learning algorithm related to visual computing. The result of the project should be a prototype with some preliminary results, or could lead to a submission of a research paper in the future.
- Research paper reaction reports.
- Class participation and discussions.

Marking scheme

80% assignments
10% paper presentation
10% reaction reports

65% assignments
25% project
10% reaction reports

Scores to letter conversions:
95%-100% A
90%-95% A-
85%-90% B+
80%-85% B
75%-80% B-
70%-75% C+
65%-70% C
60%-65% C-
55%-60% D+
50%-55% D

Accommodation Statement

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is committed to providing an equal educational opportunity for all students.  If you have a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability on file with Disability Services (DS), you may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations to help you succeed in this course.  If you have a documented disability that requires an accommodation, please notify me within the first two weeks of the semester so that we may make appropriate arrangements.

Academic Honesty Statement

Since the integrity of the academic enterprise of any institution of higher education requires honesty in scholarship and research, academic honesty is required of all students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Academic dishonesty is prohibited in all programs of the University.  Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and facilitating dishonesty.  Appropriate sanctions may be imposed on any student who has committed an act of academic dishonesty.  Instructors should take reasonable steps to address academic misconduct.  Any person who has reason to believe that a student has committed academic dishonesty should bring such information to the attention of the appropriate course instructor as soon as possible.  Instances of academic dishonesty not related to a specific course should be brought to the attention of the appropriate department Head or Chair.  Since students are expected to be familiar with this policy and the commonly accepted standards of academic integrity, ignorance of such standards is not normally sufficient evidence of lack of intent (


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