INF9442 - Image Sensor Circuits and Systems

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Course content

Digital camera technologies, Entire signal chain from light in to compressed images out, CCDs and CMOS image sensors, Image noise and mitigation techniques, How to measure signal/noise ratio and camera performance parameters, Special sensors for low-light capture, high dynamic range image capture, slow motion capture, 3D stereo capture, 3D time-of-flight capture, Image signal processing basics (black level compensation, auto-exposure control, auto white-balance), JPEG compression, Camera interfaces.

Learning outcome

Successful completion of the course will give the student competency in the following areas:

  • Basic knowledge of analog and digital circuits used in cameras
  • Pixels and readout circuits
  • Basic knowledge of image processing algorithms used in cameras
  • 2D and 3D capture techniques
  • Modelling of signal/noise in digital cameras


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

Some basic image processing knowledge, e.g. INF2310 - Digital bildebehandling, and INF4300 - Digital bildeanalyse, is recommended but not mandatory. Microelectronics knowledge is also recommended, INF3410 - Analog microelectronics.

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2 hours of lectures per week. The course includes mandatory project and assignments. Rules for mandatory assignments.


Oral or written examination (4 hours). All mandatory assignments have to be accepted in order to take the exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

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