Slides, lab sheets, and other lecture material will be made
website after the corresponding lecture.
There will be two assignments, each worth 15% of the total credit for
- Visual perception
- cones, rods and the eye; optical illusions; colour vision; colour spaces and profiles; motion perception and Gestalt psychology.
- approaches to animation; perception in video and film; making animations; visualisation.
- Sound, hearing and music
- sound and the ear; frequency, pitch and harmony; melody; rhythm; digital audio formats and compression.
- the nature of signals; special signals; audio signals and sampling; frequency, amplitude and phase; the Fourier representation.
- linearity and time-invariance; impulse responses and convolution; spectral analysis; convolution by spectrum multiplication.
- Audio and image filtering
- EQ; filter design; subtractive synthesis; echo and reverberation; resampling; image representation; two-dimensional convolution and image effects.
- Multimedia information retrieval
- retrieval, fingerprinting and similarity; features and distance measures; systems for multimedia information retrieval.
The essential material in the course is based around two subject
guides, shared with the University of London External Programme.
Final drafts of the two subject guides can be downloaded here:
In addition, substantial excerpts and some extra materials are
available at the External Programme's news
page, and on the External Programme's page
for volume 1.
In addition to the guides, it is essential that students remain
familiar and extend their skills
with Processing, and
additionally gain fluency with
either R, an environment for
statistical, numerical and signal processing and visualization; the following
titles may be of assistance:
In addition to the core technical material, it will be helpful for
understanding (technical or cultural or both) to read around the
subject. Some suggestions:
- J.D. Foley, A. van Dam and others, Introduction to Computer Graphics;
- A.V. Oppenheim and A.S. Willsky with S. Hamid Nawab, Signals
- R. Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker;
- G. Deutscher, Through the Language Glass;
- R.P. Feynman, Lectures on Physics, Chapters 35-36;
- M. Stokes, M. Anderson, S. Chandrasekar and
R. Motta, A Standard
Default Color Space for the Internet – sRGB;
- S. Handel, Listening;
- D.M. Howard and J. Angus, Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
- D.J. Levitin, This Is Your Brain On Music
- O. Sacks, Musicophilia
- I.H. Witten, A. Moffat and T.C. Bell, Managing Gigabytes:
Compressing and Indexing Documents and Images
- C.J. van