Author: Uvais Qidwai & C.H. Chen Publisher: Chapman & Hall/CRC Pages: 314 ISBN: 9781420079500 Aimed at: MATLAB users interested in image processing Rating: 3.5 Pros: Covers a wide subject area Cons: Lacks detailed explanations Reviewed by: Harry Fairhead
Image processing is a topic that means different things to different people. This book covers a reasonably large area of the subject for there to be something for most readers. However, as the title makes clear, you do have to be interested in using the maths package MATLAB for it to be really worthwhile.
It is a fairly slim book and given that it covers such a wide range you can't expect it to be deep. Most of the topics covered are theoretically fairly simple but if they are slightly more complicated then the explanations provided are fairly unhelpful. To get much from the book you really need to know the ideas involved and simply want a refresher course or just some help with implementing the ideas in MATLAB.
The book starts off from the basics of image acquisition and simple image operations such as arithmetic. It then moves on to noise, image transformations and filtering. Later chapters deal with image restoration, compression, edge detection, binary image processing, image classification, object tracking, face recognition and fuzzy logic approaches to images. The explanations are generally clear and they make the subject seem simple  but only by glossing over any deep theory.
This is not a masterwork on image processing but a quick skim over the surface detail with some Matlab code thrown in.
