Content-based Indexing and Retrieval
2010-2011 - IMT4911 - 5 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

On completion of this course the student shall have comprehension of the technologies and issues related to content-based indexing and retrieval solutions and shall have understanding of the challenges and limitations of content-based indexing and retrieval systems. The student shall be able to identify and evaluate the use of content-based features in indexing and retrieval of various types of media content (such as text, images, audio, and video). The student shall be able to evaluate and compare alternative content-based retrieval indexes and similarity measures. In addition, the student shall be experienced in designing and conducting experiments for testing and evaluating content-based indexing and retrieval approaches.


  • Feature vectors and similarity measures
  • Content-based text indexing and retrieval (term extraction and weighting, vector space model, web crawling, indexing and retrieval)
  • Color-based image indexing and retrieval
  • Non-color-based image indexing and retrieval
  • Content-based audio indexing and retrieval
  • Content-based video indexing and retrieval
  • Retrieval performance
  • Relevance feedback and query expansion

Teaching Methods

Laboratory work
Net Support Learning

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course will be offered both as an ordinary campus course and as a course that is offered in a flexible way to off-campus students. Lecture notes, e-lectures, laboratory work, and other types of e-learning material will be offered through an LMS. Communication between the teachers and the students, and among the students, will be facilitated by the LMS.

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 4 hours
Evaluation of Laboratory Ecercise(s)
Evaluation of Project(s)

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

  • Exam counts 60%.
  • Reports from the project and laboratory work counts 40%.
  • Each part must be passed individually.

The students will make demonstrations for the project and the laboratory work. The campus students must be present at the demonstrations and the distant students should join the demonstrations either by Skype or by being present physically.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal and external examiner evaluates the exam. Internal examiner evaluates the laboratory reports.

Re-sit examination

Written exam: ordinary re-sit examination

Examination support

English dictionary.


Coursework Requirements

Reports from the individual laboratory assignments must be handed in no later than two weeks after the laboratory work is scheduled to take place.

Teaching Materials



  • Lecture notes and handouts.

Replacement course for

Parts of IMT4491 Databases for elektronic publishing