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Online (and Free) Course on Computational Photography via Coursera

August 17th, 2012 Irfan Essa Posted in DVFX, Teaching No Comments »

Check out the Computational Photography | Coursera Course I am working on now.

This course is aimed at teaching you the basics of how computation has impacted the entire workflow of photography, from how images are captured, manipulated and collaborated on and shared. At the core of it photography means, drawing with light and how light can be captured to form images/videos. In this class you will learn about how the optics, and the sensor within a camera are generalized, as well as the lighting and other aspects of the environment are generalized to capture novel images. We will also cover post and preprocessing techniques to manipulate and improve images. Finally, we will consider the power of the web and the Internet for both analyzing and sharing images, as well as the impact of mobile smartphone cameras. This class builds on concepts from well known disciplines like computer vision, computer graphics, and image processing. Look forward to your participation in this class.

via Computational Photography | Coursera

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Teaching: Spring 2012

January 11th, 2012 Irfan Essa Posted in CnJ, Computational Journalism, Computational Photography and Video, DVFX No Comments »

In Spring 2012, I am teaching 2 classes.

Advanced Computational Photography (CS 8803 PHO) [with Grant Schindler]

This is an advanced topics class in Computational Photography, building on my intro class and explores technical aspects of pictures, and more precisely the capture and depiction of reality on a 2D medium. The scientific, perceptual, and artistic principles behind image-making will be emphasized. Topics include the relationship between pictorial techniques and the human visual system; intrinsic limitations of 2D representations and their possible compensations; and technical issues involving depiction. Technical aspects of image capture and rendering, and exploration of how such a medium can be used to its maximum potential, will be examined. Students are strongly encouraged (not required) to bring their digital cameras and a laptop to facilitate experiments. The class will explore recent and state of the art paper in Computational Photography from leading conferences and journals in the area and students will do projects in a variety of topics.

Computation + Journalism (CS 4464 / CS 6465)

This class is aimed at understanding the computational and technological advancements in the area of journalism. Primary focus is on the study of technologies for developing new tools for (a) sense-making from diverse news information sources, (b) the impact of more and cheaper networked sensors (c) collaborative human models for information aggregation and sense-making, (d) mashups and the use of programming in journalism, (e) the impact of mobile computing and data gathering, (f) computational approaches to information quality, (g) data mining for personalization and aggregation, and (h) citizen journalism. Complete schedule and other information will be on the t-square site available to only students taking the class.

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Teaching: CS 4480 DVFX, Fall 08 “viral edition”

August 19th, 2008 Irfan Essa Posted in DVFX, Frank Dellaert No Comments »

I am very pleased that my colleague (and friend) Professor Frank Dellaert has taken over my DVFX class that I have been teaching since 1999 (see site here).  It is clear already that this new edition of the DVFX class will be even more exciting then the previous editions.  Can’t wait to see the final videos. Check out the info on the class at CS 4480 DVFX, Fall 08.

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Showcase: DVFX 2007 Video Productions

April 26th, 2007 Irfan Essa Posted in DVFX No Comments »

DVFX 2007 Video Productions

Final Screening for CS4480 (Digital Video Special Effect) Course, Spring 2007 was held at April 26, 2007 in TSRB (85 5th Street NW, Altanta, GA 30308) at 12n. See the Videos at DVFX 2007 Video Productions and all the details about the productions.

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Showcase: DVFX 2006 Video Productions

April 28th, 2006 Irfan Essa Posted in DVFX, Teaching No Comments »

DVFX 2006 Video Productions

The Digital Video Special Effects class of Spring 2006 (CS 4480) PREMIERED their final productions on April 28, 2006 in TSRB Auditorium at 5:15pm. Students showed and discussed the short video segments (less than 1 minutes each) that they produced to showcase the technical special effects they have generated during the course of the semester.

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Showcase: DVFX 2005 Video Productions

April 28th, 2005 Irfan Essa Posted in DVFX, Teaching No Comments »

DVFX 2005 Video Productions

The Digital Video Special Effects class of Spring 2004 (CS 4480) presented their final productions on April 28, 2005 in CoCB 16 at 2:00p. Students showed and discussed the short video segments (less than 1 minutes each) that they have produced to showcase the technical special effects they have generated during the course of the semester.

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Showcase: DVFX 2004 Video Productions

April 22nd, 2004 Irfan Essa Posted in Ben Dines, DVFX, Spencer Reynolds No Comments »

DVFX 2004 Video Productions

Image from Once Upon A Time “Once Upon A Time”

The Digital Video Special Effects class of Spring 2004 (CS 4480/8803dfx) will present their final productions on April 22, 2004 in CoCB 102 at 12n. Students will show and discuss the short video segments (less than 1 minutes each) that they have produced to showcase the technical special effects they have generated during the course of the semester. This class combines understanding of the technical issues underlying the generation of special effects with the expression of artistic creativity by producing a short video. Students are required to do all aspects of the production from story-boarding to shot-planning to camera-work to writing code for special effects generation, to sound and & music editing and video editing.  They also produce a “making-of” to explain their production. Most aspects of their production and all the important steps that led to it are listed below.

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Showcase: DVFX 2003 Video Productions

April 29th, 2003 Irfan Essa Posted in DVFX, Spencer Reynolds No Comments »

DVFX 2003 Video Productions.

DVFX 2003

DVFX 2003

The Digital Video Special Effects class of Spring 2003 (CS 4480) present their final productions. Students show and discuss the short video segments (less than 1 minutes each) that they have produced to showcase the technical special effects they have generated during the course of the semester. This class is an interesting blend of understanding the technical issues underlying the generation of special effects and expressing artistic creativity by producing a short video.

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Tutorial (2001): “Computer Vision and the Art of Special Effects”

December 30th, 2001 Irfan Essa Posted in DVFX, Presentations No Comments »

Computer Vision and the Art of Special Effects

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Project: DVFX@GeorgiaTech

September 17th, 1999 Irfan Essa Posted in Computational Photography and Video, DVFX, Frank Dellaert, Gabriel Brostow, Projects No Comments »

DVFX@GeorgiaTech
The DVFX Group at the Georgia Tech’s GVU Center and the School of Interactive Computing is aimed at exploring the technical aspects of digital video special effects production and computer animation. For more information see the research at the Computational Perception Laboratory, and the class offerings in this area since 1999.

Check out the New BS in Computational Media, and the BS in Computer Science and its related specialization tracks (threads!) as options for degrees that include material described here.

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