Image Science and Engineering
Spring 2013
Technical Elective for ECE
Catalog Data: 

ECE 425 Image Science and Engineering (3 units) Properties of optical images and image forming systems; acquisition and manipulation of digital images; two-dimensional Fourier representation; image quality criteria; introduction to image processing.

Grading: Regular grades are awarded for this course: A, B, C, D, E.

Advanced standing is required.

Usually offered: Spring

ECE 340A

No required materials.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop a working knowledge of basic optical imaging concepts and necessary mathematical tools
  • Develop the ability to perform two-dimensional convolutions and Fourier transforms through both analytical and digital methods
  • Develop sufficient skill to perform first-order engineering of simple optical imaging systems
Course Topics: 


  1. Course preview and history of imaging [2 lectures]
  2. Geometric optics [6 lectures]
  3. Wave optics [6 lectures]
  4. Review of linear system theory [6 lectures]
  5. Fourier optics [6 lectures]
  6. Performance metrics [6 lectures]
  7. Radiometry and detectors [6 lectures]
  8. Basic image processing [3 lectures]
  9. Non-traditional imaging systems [3 lectures]
Class/Laboratory Schedule: 

Class schedule: Three 50-minute lecture sessions per week.

Assignment schedule: Six individual homework problem sets and one group homework project during semester.

Exam schedule: Two in-class midterms and a final examination.

Relationship to Student Outcomes: 

(a)  an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (HIGH)

(c)  an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs (HIGH)

(e)  an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (MEDIUM)

(g)  an ability to communicate effectively (MEDIUM)

(k)  an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice (MEDIUM)

Prepared by: 
Dr. Michael Gehm
Prepared Date: 

University of Arizona College of Engineering