The student should have taken a course in image processing and be fluent in C/C++ programming.
Extending beyond the borders of culture, art, and science, the search for digital information is one of the major challenges of our time. Digital libraries, bio-computing & medical science, the Internet, streaming video, databases, cultural heritage collections and peer-2-peer networks have created a worldwide need for new paradigms and techniques on how to browse, search, and summarize multimedia collections. Examples of multimedia would be X-Ray and MRI scans, general photos, and video. This course focuses on the area of searching and retrieving multimedia information from digital databases and collections.
At the end of the Multimedia Information Retrieval course, the student should be able to
understand the fundamental principles of information retrieval
analyze an information retrieval system with regard to strengths and weaknesses and potential areas for improvements
explain the differences between modern search engines and database systems.
have insight into traditional and state-of-the-art multimedia features
have insight into scientifically evaluating an information retrieval system
have insight into the integration of intelligent algorithms into the retrieval process
have insight into the limits and challenges of modern multimedia information retrieval systems
build a modern multimedia information retrieval system which addresses contextual requirements.
The most recent timetable can be found at the LIACS website
Mode of instruction
homework and software assignments
The final grade is composed of
(1) Paper Presentation/Seminar – homework, class participation & questions (50%)
(2) Software assignments (25%)
(3) Project (25%)
University Leiden students do a presentation and workshop/project for 6 ECTS.
TU Delft students are not required to do the final project for 3 ECTS.
Mandatory: Principles of Visual Information Retrieval, Michael S. Lew, Springer-Verlag, London, January 2001, ISBN 1-852333-381-2
Research papers from recent ACM conferences and journals
You have to sign up for classes and examinations (including resits) in uSis. Check this link for more information and activity codes.
There is a limited capacity for students from outside the master Computer Science programme. Please contact the study-advisor.
Study coordinator Computer Science, Riet Derogee
The information at studiegids may be incomplete or out-of-date. For up-to-date information, please see the course website below: