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Lecture explores computers and art

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, 4:30 p.m. Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

"When Computers Look at Art: Computer Vision and Image Analysis in Humanistic Studies of the Visual Arts" is the title of a talk by scientist David Stork set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Stork is chief scientist at the technology research company Ricoh Innovations and a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He will discuss new computer techniques that have been used to detect forgeries in works of art. His talk also will explore what computers can reveal about artworks and how computer image analysis is changing the understanding of art. The lecture, which is geared to nonscientists, will include works by Jackson Pollack, Vincent van Gogh and Jan van Eyck.

Stork has written about the field of optics and arts for two decades and is the author of "Seeing the Light: Optics in Nature, Photography, Color, Vision and Holography."

The event is part of the /@rts ("slash arts") lecture series.

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