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Looking Through the Artist's Eyes
Oge Marques

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: A complete understanding of the biological and psychological processes involved in human vision and cognition requires good knowledge of our primary visual sensor: the eye. Before we can make sense of the world around us and act upon the information received through the visual sense, it is essential that our eyes perform their function properly at all times. Alas, this is hardly the case: sooner or later, some of us will require correcting lenses and, later in life, might develop other impairments associated with the aging eye, such as cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or complications associated with diabetes, to name a few. This program will show how the work of several world renowned visual artists may have been influenced by specific ophthalmological impairments they may have suffered. Participants will be introduced to a series of works of art that will elicit provocative questions, such as: Why do Georges Seurat's paintings appear to shimmer? Could the choice of colors and strokes in Monet's water lily paintings be related to his cataracts? Did Van Gogh's striking use of the yellow color relate to a rare medical condition (xanthopsia)? We will also review some of the most important associated aspects of human vision, such as color and edge perception. Adopting a lighthearted approach, keeping the scientific language accessible to non-experts, and using a rich set of images and videos, Dr. Marques will present a large number of works of art that will help you see the world through the artist's eyes, with their occasional imperfections.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Oge Marques is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the College of Engineering and Computer Science and, by courtesy, Professor of Information Technology and Operations Management at the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University. He is a Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer, ACM Distinguished Speaker, and the author of more than 100 publications in the area of intelligent processing of visual information, which combines the fields of image processing, computer vision, image retrieval, machine learning, serious games, and human visual perception, including the textbook Practical Image and Video Processing Using MATLAB (Wiley-IEEE Press). Professor Marques is a Senior Member of both the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and a member of the honor societies of Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi and Upsilon Pi Epsilon. He has more than 30 years of teaching and research experience in different countries (US, Austria, Brazil, India, Spain, France, and the Netherlands). Dr. Marques has won several teaching awards, including the Outstanding Mid-Career Teaching Award, American Society for Engineering Education - Southeastern Section (ASEE-SE) (2011) and the Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Florida Atlantic University, twice (2011 and 2004).

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Date: Monday, March 12, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$150 for any combination of eight events, members only

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Non-member - $35
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