Courses

These courses, which we currently give every 2 years, give students a broad view of modern vision research. The first course, BME 670, which we offer in the fall, focuses on early visual processing. The second course, BME 671, is offered in the spring and is focused on higher visual processing. To insure both depth and breadth of perspective, two or more instructors with experimental or modeling backgrounds cover each of main visual subjects. The topics emphasize the particular strengths of USC vision researchers. The topics in BME 670 include retinal issues such as phototransduction, retinal processing and development, and retinal diseases and cures. BME 670 also includes computational and hardware models of early vision, and anatomical, physiological, and computational views of the lateral geniculate nucleus of the thalamus. In turn, subjects in BME 671 include cortical circuitry, the computations of orientation, motion, color, contour, segmentation, 3D depth, and faces, as well as perception, recognition, reading, attention, and learning. More than fifteen USC professors from different schools, departments, and disciplines give lectures on these various subjects. Eight lecturers are given by outside speakers. A subset of the lectures is devoted to open questions in each of the main topic areas.

Syllabi

BME_670_EARLY_VISUAL_PROCESSING
BME 671, 2005 (PDF)
BME 670, 2005 (PDF)
BME 671, 2006 (PDF)
BME 670, 2007 (PDF)
BME 671, 2008 (PDF)
BME 670, 2009 (PDF)
BME 671, 2010 (PDF)