I worked for a company in 2000-2001 that had a small branch that built custom industrial machine vision systems. It was probably the most fun I've ever had in my career. Anyway, one day the head of the branch gathered everyone together and talked about how he wanted to break off from the master company and build a machine vision startup. Everyone was extremely excited and most agreed to follow him on the spot.
One week later 9/11 happened.
One week after that the same branch head gathered everyone together and laid off 80% of the staff. You see, "industrial machine vision was no longer viable". We were crushed and I moved on to other fields.
I haven't though about machine vision much in the past 10 years, but I think I'll read this book. Thanks for the submission.
: Vision system to seek and destroy on the other hand...
I think there are still tons of interesting machine vision applications but the systems development itself has become largely commoditized.
I wouldn't expect a large company to pivot, necessarily, but if the branch head wanted to do a startup, he probably missed out on a huge opportunity.
DHS and DOD
BTW: Richard Szeliski has an excellent free PDF book too.
Along with the lecture slides from different professors linked to on that page, it should be a sufficient start.
previous thread: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2403290
I will edit out the link when the book on the site gets updated.
wget -c http://web4.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/s.prince/book.pdf
" I've taken it down for a little while while I upload the most recent version that has a lot of small errors corrected. It will be back up in a couple of hours I expect. It's worth the wait..."
So it doesn't seem it's a bandwidth issue so much as a quality issue.
I would be curious what the size would be if one used ePub.