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Sigma Xi & Cognitive Science Program
Start Date: 4/22/2013Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 4/22/2013End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description
Join David P. Stork, Distinguished Research Scientist and Research Director at Rambus Labs for his lecture: When Computers Look at Art: Image Analysis in Humanistic Studies of the Visual Arts.

New computer methods have been used to shed light on a number of recent controversies in the study of art. For example, computer fractal analysis has been used in authentication studies of paintings attributed to Jackson Pollock recently discovered by Alex Matter. Computer wavelet analysis has been used for attribution of the contributors in Perugino's Holy Family.

An international group of computer and image scientists is studying the brushstrokes in paintings by van Gogh for detecting forgeries. Sophisticated computer analysis of perspective, shading, color and form has shed light on David Hockney's bold claim that as early as 1420, Renaissance artists employed optical devices such as concave mirrors to project images onto their canvases.

How do these computer methods work? What can computers reveal about images that even the best-trained connoisseurs, art historians and artist cannot? How much more powerful and revealing will these methods become? In short, how is computer image analysis changing our understanding of art?

This profusely illustrated lecture for non-scientists will include works by Jackson Pollock, Vincent van Gogh, Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Lorenzo Lotto, and others. You may never see paintings the same way again. This talk describes joint work with Antonio Criminisi, Andrey DelPozo, David Donoho, Marco Duarte, Yasuo Furuichi, Micah Kimo Johnson, Dave Kale, Ashutosh Kulkarni, Gabor Nagy, M. Dirk Robinson, Silvio Savarese, Morteza Shahram, Ron Spronk and Christopher W. Tyler.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Science Center
Room: Science Center 101
Contact Information:
Name: David Grodner
Phone: 610-328-8436
Email: dgrodne1@swarthmore.edu
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