CSc 82200 Seminar (CRN 22444) 

Vision, Brain and Assistive Technologies

Fall 2013

Professor Zhigang Zhu
Department of Computer Science
The City College of New York  and Graduate Center
The City University of New York (CUNY)

Class Meet: Monday 9:30 am - 11:30 am, Rm 3307, CUNY Graduate Center

Office Hours: Mondays 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Wednesdays  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, NAC 8/211, CUNY City College

Course Update Information

Course Description

The seminar will discuss modern vision science and explore how the brain sees the world, thus including introductory on computational neuroscience, motion, color and several other topics. Then we will discuss the needs and state-of-art in sensing, processing and stimulation for assisting visually challenged people (blind and visually impaired people) using advanced technologies in machine vision, robotics, displays, materials, portable devices and infrastructure.

Course Objectives

Through the course, the students should be able to:

Course  Organization

The instructor intends to offer the course as an interdisciplinary seminar course, in which a few lectures will be provided from the recommended textbook and then students from mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, computer science and psychology and other social sciences will be assigned to read, present and discuss materials in vision, brain, computing and devices for assisting the visually impaired. The major reading materials will include the papers and talks from the references below. Finally students will team up to do course projects.  Rough grading policy:  an in-class exam of the basics (20%), student reading reports and presentations (40%), and project reports and presentations (40%).

Readings and References

Recommended Textbook on Human Vision and Brain: 

Other  References on Vision for the Blind (to be updated):

Copyright @ Zhigang Zhu ( zhu at ), Fall 2013