Transactions Imaging/Art/Science: Image Quality, Content and Aesthetics

26 April 2019

08:45 - 17:30

University of Westminster
309 Regent Street
United Kingdom

Non-member of RPS£50.00
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As new technologies provide new possibilities for creating and conveying visual content, how do we talk about image quality? This symposium explores and challenges scientific approaches to image quality, addresses philosophical issues of aesthetics and looks at ways in which art and science can have this complex conversation.

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.

The symposium explores and challenge scientific approaches to the judgement of subjective image quality. It discusses existing and potential new methods of defining image quality and image aesthetics through measurement as well as computational means and examines the crossovers and exchanges between philosophical aesthetics, political and social art practices, as well as artistic production, and a new generation of computational aesthetics. 

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

The symposium includes 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. 


8:45 Coffee and Registration

9:15 Peter Bonfiled, Vice Chancellor, University of Westminster, UK
Introduction to the Transactions Imaging/Art/Science symposium

9:30 Plenary 1 (Intro Sophie Triantaphillidou)
Claus-Christian Carbon, University of Bamberg, Germany
What do we like? About art, design and kitsch

10:15 Break

10:30 Session 1: Media Ecologies (Chair Neal White)
Kimberly Glassman, University of Oxford, UK
What are you looking at? The neuropsychology of vision explored through the paintings of Robert Pepperell

Bernd Behr, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, UK
The paranoaic-critical method of Reflectance Transformation Imaging

Lindsay MacDonald, University College London, UK
The aesthetics of 3D imaging

11:45 Break

12:00 Session 2: Computation, AI and Aesthetics (Chair Aleka Psarrou)
Michal Kucer & David Messinger, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Representation learning of aesthetic ranking functions

Mehul Bhatt, Örebro University, Sweden
The shape of the moving image: Perception and interpretation from the perspective of spatial cognition and Artificial Intelligence

12:50 Lunch Break

1:45 Session 3: Evaluating ‘Quality’ - Subjective & Objective (Chair Liz Allen)
Susan Farnand, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Evaluating colour quality of smartphone images

Sophie Triantaphillidou, Ed Fry & Oliver van Zwanenberg, University of Westminster, UK
Objective image quality assessments using pictures

Alessandro Rizzi & Alice Plutino, University of Milan, Italy
Designing a cockpit for image quality evaluation

3:00 Break

3:15 Session 4: Artists & Algorithms (Chair Susan Farnand)
George Hinks, Independent Artist, UK
Four transformations: A physical materialisation of infrared radiation via photogrammetric fused heat signatures

Chris Brownrigg, Independent Artist & David Brownrigg, Goldsmiths University of London, UK
Abstraction using mixed global transforms: Art and aids to art

Carinna Paraman & Susanne Klein FInstP, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
RTI for RGB: Photographing mica based inks on black paper using Reflectance Transform Imaging

4:30 Break

4:45 Plenary 2 (Intro Eugenie Shinkle)
Silvia Casini, University of Aberdeen, UK
Opening up the black box of data visualisation in biomedical imaging

5:30 Symposium closing - Sophie Triantaphillidou/Eugenie Shinkle

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