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Dr. Gary Rost Bradski is a consulting professor in the CS department at Stanford University AI Lab where he mentors robotics, machine learning and computer vision research. He is also Senior Scientist at Willow Garage http://www.willowgarage.com, a recently founded robotics research institute/incubator. He has a BS degree in EECS from U.C. Berkeley and a PhD from Boston University. He has 20 years of industrial experience applying machine learning and computer vision spanning option trading operations at First Union National Bank, to computer vision at Intel Research to machine learning in Intel Manufacturing and several startup companies in between. Gary started the Open Source Computer Vision Library (OpenCV http://sourceforge.net/projects/opencvlibrary/ ), the statistical Machine Learning Library (MLL comes with OpenCV), and the Probabilistic Network Library (PNL). OpenCV is used around the world in research, government and commercially. The vision libraries helped develop a notable part of the commercial Intel performance primitives library (IPP http://tinyurl.com/36ua5s). Gary also organized the vision team for Stanley, the Stanford robot that won the DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous race across the desert for a $2M team prize and helped found the Stanford AI Robotics project at Stanford http://www.cs.stanford.edu/group/stair/ working with Professor Andrew Ng. Gary has over 50 publications and 13 issued patents with 18 pending. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and 3 daughters and bikes road or mountains as much as he can.
Dr. Adrian Kaehler is a senior scientist at Applied Minds Corporation. His current research includes topics in machine learning, statistical modeling, computer vision and robotics. Adrian received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Columbia university in 1998. Adrian has since held positions at Intel Corporation and the Stanford University AI Lab, and was a member of the winning Stanley race team in the DARPA Grand Challenge. He has a variety of published papers and patents in physics, electrical engineering, computer science, and robotics.
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I recommend this book, because there is no other reliable source of information on OpenCV. The OpenCV Wiki is weak and is filled with outdated stuff. The book is not perfect but it help you get the job done.
I also recommend OpenCV, the API is very consistent but not perfect. Once you get used to it you appreciate some of its subtilities.
For example: the explanation of the Kalman filter in this text is far more intelligible than any I've seen elsewhere. It's pretty remarkable - you will have a better understanding of the Kalman filter if you read this text (which documents a computer vision library) than if you read a paper on it! The reason for this is that by necessity there is a strong practical bias in this book, so that the authors can't just throw a wishy-washy formula on the page and hand wave their way around the details. That nuts and bolts level explanation is absolutely essential if you want to get anywhere - whether you're goal is to appy computer vision, or to develop novel algorithms.
Without reservation, I will say that this is the best computer vision book in my library. So in summary, you have to buy this book. You have to buy now. Did you buy it yet?
And the content of the book was better than I hoped.
Looking forward to using OpenCV in my projects.
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This book would be most useful to someone who already has a fundamental understanding of computer vision and image processing and wants to see how OpenCV will make their programming tasks easier. It does this by coding up well known algorithms into reliable pieces of code that you can use to accomplish more complex tasks. Do not come to this book if you are seeking to learn computer vision. You will only be confused as the author does not offer enough detail to teach you the mathematical foundations. However, I don't think that was his intention at all. Instead it is part user manual, part basic computer vision tutorial and overview, and part idea book. Each chapter is supplemented with excellent and interesting programming exercises that test your knowledge of what has been presented in a practical setting.
For a good basic understanding of computer vision try Computer Vision. To understand the algorithmic underpinnings of 3D computer vision try Introductory Techniques for 3-D Computer Vision. However, before you read either of these you must read Digital Image Processing (3rd Edition), since image processing concepts are fundamental to understanding computer vision tasks. In fact, the two disciplines overlap in many spots. The sad truth of the matter is that no one book will teach you what you need to know to be an effective image scientist. However, this book on OpenCV is essential reading on applying the theory via programming in an effective manner. Highly recommended.
If you are just a CV hobbyist, and just want to create some computer vision app with a webcam and don't care about the math, there's tons of resource online on how to use the library effectively.
I give the book four stars instead of five because I wish it would give more programming examples that it does. And sometimes the language is a little hard to understand, I'd usually have to read it several times to grasp the concepts in the book.
The book also includes many references and pointers to other material (such as technical papers), allowing the reader to learn more about any topic covered.
This is a great reference book, that won't just sit on your self.
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