Colloquium Details

Photographing Events Over Time

Speaker: Bill Freeman, MIT

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302

Date: October 28, 2011, 11:30 a.m.

Host: Rob Fergus


Artists and scientists have used photography to portray events occurring over a broad range of timescales, from pico-seconds to tera-seconds. I'll review some of the hardware and computational techniques used to create photographs over these different timescales.

The talk shows work by artists, photographers, and computer scientists, including the artists Haas, Salavon, Funch, Jones, the photographers Marey, Muybridge, Prokudin-Gorskii, Doc Edgerton, and researchers from Microsoft, Washington, MIT, Harvard, Google, and Berkeley. Describing events at the short time scales is mostly a hardware problem. In contrast, capturing events over longer time scales often involves tracking objects or removing changes in illumination or viewpoint, and thus is a computational problem. There is still much to be done to capture and convey events over long timescales.


Refreshments will be offered starting 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the talk.

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