Math 350
Topics in Applied Mathematics
Mathematics for Multimedia

Prof. M. Victor Wickerhauser


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Welcome to the mathematics of multimedia signal processing! Within the past decade, important theories from mathematics have migrated into digital communication, image and signal processing, and multimedia visualisation and data analysis. Understanding these theories confers an advantage when tackling several important practical problems.


Topics. This course will lead through a list of example problems in multimedia communication, develop the mathematical principles useful for their solution, and implement some solutions using theoretical results discussed in class.

Prerequisites. Calculus through MA233; linear algebra; some experience programming computers.

Time. Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, in Cupples II, room 114.

Text. The lectures will follow the book Mathematics for Multimedia by M. V. Wickerhauser, ISBN 0-12-748451-5 (2003).
A recommended reference book is Adapted Wavelet Analysis from Theory to Software by M. V. Wickerhauser, ISBN 1-56881-041-5 (1994).

Homework assigments:
  • HW #1, due Thursday, February 5
  • HW #2, due Thursday, February 19
  • HW #3, due Tuesday, March 16
  • HW #4, due Thursday, April 1
  • HW #5, due Tuesday, April 20
  • HW #6, due Thursday, April 29
Solutions are due at the end of class on the due date. Late homework will not be accepted. The homework will sometimes require writing a working computer program, which will be judged for correctness and clarity. Homework should be submitted on paper, including the printed results of any programs. However, you will occasionally be requested to provide the machine-readable program source via email to victor@math, so find out now how to use your campus email account. (Note: from outside Washington University's campus network, append the domain to this address)

Tests. Midterm examination: Thursday, March 18 in class. Final Examination: Wednesday, May 12, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, in my office (Cupples I, room 105a).

Grading. One grade will be assigned for homework, one for the midterm examination, and one for the final examination. These three will contribute as follows to the course grade: HW 40%, Midterm 30%, Final 30%. Students taking the Cr/NCr or P/F options will need a grade of D or better to pass.

Office Hours. See the instructor in Cupples I, room 105a, on Thursdays from 10-11 am, Wednesdays from 4-5 pm, or by appointment.

Questions? Return to M. Victor Wickerhauser's home page for contact information.