Generalized Image Acquisition and Analysis

From Capture to Simulation - Connecting Forward and Inverse Problems in Fluids

We explore the connection between fluid capture, simulation and proximal methods, a class of algorithms commonly used for inverse problems in image processing and computer vision. Our key finding is that the proximal operator constraining fluid velocities to be divergence-free is directly equivalent to the pressure-projection methods commonly used in incompressible flow solvers. This observation lets us treat the inverse problem of fluid tracking as a constrained flow problem all while working in an efficient, modular framework. In addition it lets us tightly couple fluid simulation into flow tracking, providing a global prior that significantly increases tracking accuracy and temporal coherence as compared to previous techniques. We demonstrate how we can use these improved results for a variety of applications, such as re-simulation, detail enhancement, and domain modification. We furthermore give an outlook of the applications beyond fluid tracking that our proximal operator framework could enable by exploring the connection of deblurring and fluid guiding.


Introduction to Image Processing and Computer Vision

Lecture in winter term 2013/14

Lecturer: Ivo Ihrke

General Information

Course webpage - Libres Savoirs

When: 2014, Jan. 23rd to 2014, Apr. 10th
Where: IOA/IOGS buiding room E201
Registration for mailing list: send email to Ivo Ihrke (firstname[dot]lastname[at]


This lecture covers basic image processing techniques in two dimensions. Special emphasis will be put on the origin of images, i.e. including detection and noise sources. Apart from that, the course will include both classic as well as more modern developments in the area.

The tentative course schedule is

Thursday 23.01.2014, 8am Introduction and Sensor Technology Overview [pdf sensors]
Thursday 31.01.2014, 8am Noise, Dynamic Range, and Color [pdf noise/dr/color]
Thursday 06.02.2014, 8am Compression and Signal Processing [pdf compression]
Thursday 13.02.2014, 8am Images as Functions [pdf functions]
Thursday 20.02.2014, 8am Distance Functions, Edge Detection and Convolutional/Non-Convolutional Filters [pdf filters]
Thursday 27.02.2014 vacances
Thursday 06.03.2014, 8am projet d'ingenieur
Thursday 13.03.2014, 8am Image Statistics, Histograms & Feature Detection [pdf stats & feature detection]
Thursday 20.03.2014, 8am cancelled
Wednesday 26.03.2014, 10am cancelled
Thursday 03.04.2014, 10am Feature Detection and Invariance [pdf feature description]
Thursday 10.04.2014, 10am Image Blending and Panoramas [pdf blending & panoramas]


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