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March 23-25 meeting to explore pictures in art, science and engineering

20 March 2007

ATTENTION: Reporters covering vision science and art

Contact: Sarah Yang, Media Relations
(510) 643-7741 scyang@berkeley.edu

"Pictures in Art, Science, and Engineering," a public meeting at the University of California, Berkeley, to investigate issues of common interest to perceptual psychologists, vision scientists, computer graphics engineers, photographers, painters and art historians. Speakers will explore the scientific, practical and artistic issues involved in communication through pictures.

The event is sponsored by the France-Berkeley Fund, which supports scientific and scholarly exchanges between UC Berkeley and research and higher education institutions in France. Additional support is provided by UC Berkeley's School of Optometry and Department of Computer Science, and the Computational and Neural Systems Program at the California Institute of Technology.

Friday-Sunday, March 23-25. (A detailed schedule is online at: http://pics.in.art.sci.eng.googlepages.com/timeline.)

Heyn's Room, Faculty Club, UC Berkeley. (A map and directions are online at: http://pics.in.art.sci.eng.googlepages.com/directions.)

The meeting will include an interdisciplinary group of presenters from around the world, including vision scientist Jan Koenderink, professor of physics at Utrecht University; Richard Lyon, inventor of the optical mouse and research scientist at Google; renowned photographer Stephen Johnson; and painter Patrick Hughes, known for his studies of perspective.

"Designers of pictures don't always understand human perception, and vision scientists aren't generally very capable in the use of the tools graphic designers use," says Martin Banks, UC Berkeley professor of optometry and meeting co-organizer. "This event brings together people with a shared interest in presenting information through pictures so we can learn from each other."