Computer Science Colloquium

Small Moments and Big Pictures

Michael Cohen

Tuesday, April 4, 2006 11:45 A.M.
Room 1302 Warren Weaver Hall
251 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012-1185

Colloquium Information:


Chris, (212) 998-3208


The ubiquity of cameras and almost zero incremental cost of taking the next picture create new ways to think of photography, and in turn leads to radical ideas about what the camera is actually doing or should be doing.

A traditional camera records the light passing through a small opening over a very short time. In contrast, a person looks at the same scene and "sees" it. The great photographer seems to be able to somehow leap the gap between simply recording light and seeing. As computational resources are added to the camera, new capabilities arise. In effect, the camera is beginning to "see". Coupled with a user interface, these nascent abilities are amplified, providing new and exciting capabilities for the artist/photographer as well as the casual user.

In this talk, I will outline how digital photography is allowing us to capture "moments" as opposed to just pictures. In this context, I will describe my own research journey of the past 5 years and demonstrate a number of new technologies for analyzing and combining images to recreate subjective moments and to view the largest image ever captured.

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