Syllabus for Spring 2009 Offering

ECGR 6090/ECGR8090 - Pattern Recognition II (3)

Catalog Data The course builds upon and synthesizes knowledge from the engineering science, mathematics, and physical sciences stem of core curriculum. The specific topics teach engineering analysis, synthesis, and design, while simultaneously affording an opportunity for the students to investigate an area of specialization. May be repeated for credit.
Lecture Times Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Lecture Room Woodward Hall 140
Reference Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, Christopher Bishop, Springer, 2007.
Additional References

Pattern Classification, Duda, Hart & Stork, John Wiley & Sons, 2001.

Goals The objective of this course is to provide students with a working knowledge required to analyze and design contemporary pattern recognition algorithms and systems.
Prerequisite Permission of the Department
Class Topics

Review of Probability Theory
Bayesian estimation
Mixtures of Gaussians
Topics in information theory
Non-linear minimization for recognition
Advanced Topics such as : face recognition, manifold learning, markov random fields

Outcomes The following competencies should be imparted to the students:
1. An understanding of basic probability theory as applied in pattern recognition contexts (assessment by homework).
2. The ability to implement basic pattern recognition algorithms (assessment by projects and homework).
3. The ability to implement basic classification algorithms (assessment by projects and homework).
4. Hands-on experience with various computer tools for implementing and testing pattern recognition systems in a variety of projects (assessment by design project).
Computer Usage Students design, simulate, and analyze a variety of pattern recognition projects. MATLAB should be accessible as a tool for completing projects.
Laboratory Students use computer laboratories for the implementation of the design projects outside of class.
Design Content The design projects for the course vary from semester to semester.
Grading *

There no exams in this course. Grades are determined by performance on homeworks, projects, and in-class presentations. The weight of each item in determining the final grade is as follows:

Projects 25%

Presentations 20%

Midterm 20%

Final 20%

Final Project 15%

Follow-up Courses N/A
Academic Integrity Students have the responsibility to know and observe the requirements of the UNCC Code of Student Academic Integrity (2001-2003 UNCC Catalog, p. 275) . This code forbids cheating, fabrication or falsification of information, multiple submission of academic work, plagiarism, abuse of academic materials, and complicity in academic dishonesty.
Notes Semester syllabus will be provided to the students on the first day of class.
Coordinator A. Willis, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Prepared by A. Willis, January 10, 2009

* Grading policy may be modified by the instructor for each section of the course.

* Grading scale : 90-100 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, with ``curve,'' if any, entirely at the discretion of the instructor. Quizzes may be given without warning.

Important Notes for Students

Students in this course seeking accommodations to disabilities must first consult with the Office of Disability Services and follow the instructions of that office for obtaining accommodations.

The use of cell phones, beepers, or other communication devices is disruptive, and is therefore prohibited during class. Except in emergencies, those using such devices must leave the classroom for the remainder of the class period.

Students are permitted to use computers during class for note-taking and other class-related work only. Those using computers during class for work not related to that class must leave the classroom for the remainder of the class period.

Collaboration (not copying) on homework is encouraged. However, students may NOT share program code or report material. You must read the textbook; it is impossible to cover all material during class.