Jan 20, 2017

Duke’s Image and Video Processing Course Relaunches on Coursera

Duke University’s open online course that pulls back the curtain on the digital images that inundate our lives—from cell phone photos to movie special effects to NASA robot videos—is back with a new 9-week, on-demand format.

Image and Video Processing: From Mars to Hollywood with a Stop at the Hospital teaches the science behind how digital images and video are made, altered, stored and used. The course originally launched in 2013 as one of Duke’s first open online courses; after a hiatus, the course is now available again on Coursera.

The course is taught by Guillermo Sapiro, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke who works on theory and applications in computer vision, computer graphics, medical imaging, image analysis, and machine learning.

Sapiro based Image and Video Processing on a course he teaches at Duke, and carefully designed the online version to be flexible enough to accommodate individuals with different academic backgrounds and interest. The core content of the course is made to be broadly accessible and enjoyable to those without much experience in mathematics and engineering. For students who want more of a challenge, Sapiro created optional programming exercises using the mathematical software MATLAB.

MathWorks, the company that created MATLAB, has provided free access to MATLAB Online to learners enrolled in the course. MathWorks created videos on using MATLAB specifically for the Duke course, and the company’s staff be available in a course discussion forum to answer student questions.

To learn more or to enroll, visit the course on

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