Department of Mathematics

Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI

Math 515: Introduction to Splines and Wavelets

Student Body: 

Computer Science, applied math majors and math majors with emphasis in Comp. Sci. Graduate students in related areas.

Background and Goals: 

The goal of this course is to provide graduate students and advanced undergraduate students with an introduction to the mathematics and practice of Data Representation. The focus of this course will be on wavelet decompositions and spline representation, partly because of the prominence of these topics in Data Representation, and partly because these are the specialty topics of the instructor.



Subsequent Courses: 


Course Content: 
  • Wavelets
    • Introduction to Fourier series and Fourier transform
    • Time-frequency localization
    • Wavelets and frames (analysis and synthesis, orthogonal wavelets, biorthogonal wavelets, tight frames)
    • Applications: denoising and compression of signals and images
  • Splines
    • Interpolation and approximation by splines (interpolation, least-squares approximation, smoothing, quasi-interpolation and other local methods)
    • Splines as linear combinations of B-splines
    • Knot insertion and subdivision
    • Free-knot spline approximation
    • Splines in CAGD
3. (N-A)
Math 340 or equivalent, Comp Sci 302 or equivalent.

UW-Madison Department of Mathematics
Van Vleck Hall
480 Lincoln Drive
Madison, Wi  53706

(608) 263-3054

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