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Sport, Technology and Behaviour

5XSF0 (2020)




Become acquainted with the theory and main concepts of digital signal and analysis; make a choice of an approach for a given basic signal/image processing problem; implement the chosen approach in MATLAB and critically evaluate the result; be able to operationalize theoretical concepts from signal/image analysis in a hands-on case study.


Signal sensing and health/medical imaging is the most important discipline for healthcare diagnosis. Besides this, video cameras play a very important role in the behavior analysis of people in real life and during sports exercises. This course provides in-depth knowledge on signal processing and image processing techniques and the principles of video signal analysis. This course starts with an introduction to 1-D signal sampling and the extension to multi-dimensional signal processing for images and video. Then the course proceeds with the principles and definitions for the frequency-domain representation of 1-D signals and 2-D images and the possibilities for filtering and other processing possibilities in the frequency domain. In a further module, the focus is on the signal and image quality enhancement in various ways. Various noise models are discussed and filtering approaches for reducing the noise. The introduction of color in images for improved understanding is addressed. The second part of the course provides an introduction to image understanding and object/area segmentation to learn 1-D signal and 2-D imaging for health diagnosis. This part starts with simple binary operators and then extends to the detection of points, lines, edges, etc. Secondly, specific region-based segmentation methods are discussed. Features are extracted from images, which is addressed in both the spatial domain directly in the image and a frequency-oriented domain, such as the Gabor transformation. The course concludes with a module on imaging techniques and use cases, where the learned techniques are applied. These cases include computer-aided cancer diagnosis, instrument detection, etc.


Peter H.N. de With
Sveta Zinger
Arash Pourtaherian
Joost van der Putten
Saskia Camps

Schedule and location: 

8 Weeks of lectures in 2 blocks of 4 hours