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RuCCS/LVR 6th Memorial Julesz Lecture on Brain Research

Monday, April 27, 2020, 05:30pm

Easton Hub Auditorium, Fiber Optics Materials Research Building101 Bevier Road, Piscataway, NJ

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"Perception, Art and Illusion"

Monday, April 27, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Easton Hub Auditorium, Fiber Optics Materials Research Building
101 Bevier Road, Piscataway, NJ  08854-8007

PROGRAM

TimeTopic
5:30
Introduction and Tribute
Speaker Introduction
brianLecture by Professor Brian Rogers
Emeritus Professor​
Department of Experimental Psychology​
University of Oxford, Oxford, UK​

"Perception, Art and Illusion" 
What is ‘perception’? What does it mean to perceive? What are the similarities and differences between our everyday perception of the surrounding world and our perception of artworks? How can perceptual research help us to understand art and, conversely, how can the study of art help us to understand the processes of perception? And what is an ‘illusion’? Are all our perceptions ‘illusions’? These are some of the questions that I would like to address in the 2020 Julesz lecture. Much of what has been written about relevance of perceptual research to art has focused on low-level mechanisms such as seeing edges, contrast and colour but these aspects of perception are of little interest to artists. Instead, I would like to argue that we need to think about perception as an ability to extract meaning - what the world offers us - from sensory stimulation, and that this is just as relevant to the perception of art as it is to our everyday perception of the surrounding world.
  Q & A / Discussion
Light Refreshments

Brian Rogers Biography:

Brian Rogers is Emeritus Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and also Professor of Psychology at the State University of St Petersburg. He started his career as an undergraduate and post-graduate student at Bristol University where he was supervised by Stuart Anstis and the late Richard Gregory. After leaving Bristol, he was appointed to a Lectureship and subsequently a Readership at St Andrews University in Scotland before moving to the University of Oxford in 1984. His main research interests are in 3-D vision, illusions and motion perception as well as the role of perception in the control of action. He has co-authored three books: “Binocular Vision and Stereopsis”, “Seeing in Depth” and “Perceiving in Depth” with the late Ian Howard and in 2017 he wrote “Perception - A Very Short Introduction” published by Oxford University Press.

IN TRIBUTE TO: 


bela juleszBéla Julesz (1928-2003)

Bela Julesz pioneered the use of computer-generated textures with controlled statistical and geometrical properties, such as random-dot stereograms and cinematograms. He was one of the founders of the application of complexity theory to the brain. Bela investigated principles of globality, cooperativity and entropy in the human brain through the medium of complex visual perception. He did research for 32 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories and was the founder/director of the Laboratory of Vision Research at Rutgers. He collaborated with many great scientists to advance our knowledge of form and pattern vision, local feature detection and spatial frequency analysis, higher-order texture and motion processing, binocular depth perception and global stereopsis, and many other related topics. He originated many concepts that were ahead of their time, such as mental holography, the cyclopean retina, the use of visual noise as a tool for vision research, visual cooperativity, neurontropy, stereoattention, and texton theory. Bela was chosen for a McArthur “Genius Award” in 1983, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995, and received numerous other awards.

 

  • State of NJ Prof. (Rutgers Psych)
  • US National Academy of Sciences
  • Heineken Prize, Dutch Academy
  • MacArthur “Genius” Award
  • Julesz’s Foundations of Cyclopean Perception was selected among the top 100 influential works on cognitive science in 20th century
cybernetic odalisque cropped
Salvador Dali's "Cybernetic Odalisque - Homage to Béla Julesz" (1978) 
(Best seen with red-green glasses)
 

 

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Easton Hub Auditorium
Fiber Optics Materials Research Building
101 Bevier Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8007

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Organizing Committee


Co-Sponsored By

  • Thomas Papathomas
  • Alan Gilchrist
  • Eileen Kowler
  • Brian McLaughlin
  • Troy Shinbrot
  • Bruce Tesar
  • Elizabeth B. Torres
Bela Julesz pioneered the use of computer-generated textures with controlled statistical and geometrical properties, such as random-dot stereograms and cinematograms. He was one of the founders of the application of complexity theory to the brain. Bela investigated principles of globality, cooperativity and entropy in the human brain through the medium of complex visual perception. He did research for 32 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories and was the founder/director of the Laboratory of Vision Research at Rutgers. He collaborated with many great scientists to advance our knowledge of form and pattern vision, local feature detection and spatial frequency analysis, higher-order texture and motion processing, binocular depth perception and global stereopsis, and many other related topics. He originated many concepts that were ahead of their time, such as mental holography, the cyclopean retina, the use of visual noise as a tool for vision research, visual cooperativity, neurontropy, stereoattention, and texton theory. Bela was chosen for a McArthur “Genius Award” in 1983, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995, and received numerous other awards.