Computational Vision and Imaging Technology Research Group

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26 April 2019 to 27 April 2019
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW – View map
Credit: Ed Fry
Credit: Ed Fry

Rapid and exciting developments in imaging technologies are providing new possibilities for creating and conveying visual content. The definition, measurement and modelling of visual image quality is a vibrant area of scientific research that crosses over with the creation of visual aesthetics. But, as philosophy reminds us, the aesthetic properties are not objectively defined. In much of philosophy and art, aesthetic values are seen as both social and subjective, yet not quantifiable or amenable to concept-based scientific modelling. Software that analyses images on aesthetic grounds nevertheless features in the new generations of digital cameras, image editing and content selection tools on the Internet.

This two-day conference will explore and challenge scientific approaches to the judgement of subjective image quality. It will discuss existing and potential new methods of defining image quality and image aesthetics through measurement as well as computational means. It will examine the crossovers and exchanges between philosophical aesthetics, political and social art practices, as well as artistic production, and a new generation of computational aesthetics. What are the implications of computer algorithms or artificial intelligence tools that judge the aesthetic success or failure of an image? How computational approaches cope with aesthetic innovation, cultural discourse and critical art practice? The conference will consider issues and questions such as these by bringing together academics, artists, students and professionals working in imaging or with images in artistic and scientific fields, with a view to fostering the exchange of knowledge and ideas in the field of art/science aesthetics.

The conference is organized by the Computational Vision and Imaging Technologies Research Group (School of Computer Science), the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) (Westminster School of Arts) of the University of Westminster, the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, in collaboration with the IET’s Vision and Imaging Network and the Imaging Science Group of the Royal Photographic Society.

Who is it for?

We invite scholarly papers and artist’s talks, from individuals or groups working in the fields of image science and engineering, visual arts, visual science, design, computer vision, interactive media, data visualization and critical theory and philosophy. The conference will identify key critical debates and draw together diverse stakeholders from the industry, academia, and the art world.

Programme committee

  • Conference Co-Chair: Dr Sophie Triantaphillidou, School of Computer Science
  • Conference Co-Chair: Dr Eugenie Shinkle, Westminster School of Arts
  • Dr Liz Allen, member, Westminster School of Arts
  • Dr Susan Farnand, member, Rochester Institute of Technology, Program of Color Science
  • Ed Fry, member, member, PhD student, School of Computer Science
  • Dr Aleka Psarrou, member, School of Computer Science
  • Professor Neal White, member, Westminster School of Arts

Call for papers

The call for papers is now open for Transactions: Imaging/Art/Science - Image Quality, Content and Aesthetics.

Find out more about the call for papers


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