Technion
 
         Computer Science Colloquium
 
 
Time+Place : Tuesday 31/05/2011 14:30 room 337-8 Taub  Bld.
Speaker    : Gershon Elber
Affiliation: Computer Science, Technion
Title      : Escher For Real: on the synergy between science and art
 
Abstract   :
 
The art work of M.C. Escher needs no introduction. We have all learned to
appreciate the impossibilities that this master of illusion's artwork
presents to the layman's eye. Nevertheless, it may come as a surprise for
some, but many of the so-called 'impossible' drawings of M. C. Escher can be
realized as actual physical, tangible, three-dimensional objects. These
objects will resemble the Escher's drawings when viewed from a certain
viewing direction.
 
In this talk, I will discuss and present some intriguing three-dimensional
so-called "impossible models", following drawings and art-work made by
Escher and others, which were designed using a variety of geometric modeling
and computer graphics tools.  We will present some of the fundamental
concepts that allow one to create these tangible artifacts and conclude by
portraying a modeling package to synthesize many of these so called
"impossible models".
 
See also  <http://www.cs.technion.ac.il/~gershon/EscherForReal>
 
P.S. This "popular-science" talk imposes no pre-requisite beyond an open
mind.
 
Short Bio:
 
Gershon Elber is a professor in the Computer Science Department, Technion,
Israel. His research interests span computer aided geometric designs and
computer graphics.
 
Prof. Elber received a BSc in computer engineering and an MSc in computer
science from the Technion, Israel in 1986 and 1987, respectively, and a PhD
in computer science from the University of Utah, USA, in 1992. He is a
member of the ACM.
 
Prof. Elber has served on the editorial board of the Computer Aided Design,
Computer Graphics Forum, The Visual Computer, Graphical Models, and the
International Journal of Computational Geometry & Applications and has
served in many conference program committees including Solid Modeling, Shape
Modeling, Geometric Modeling and Processing, Pacific Graphics, Computer
Graphics International, and Siggraph.  Prof. Elber was one of the paper
chairs of Solid Modeling 2003 and Solid Modeling 2004, and one of the
conference chair of Solid and Physical Modeling 2010.  He has published over
150 papers in international conferences and journals and is one of the
authors of a book titled "Geometric Modeling with Splines - An
Introduction".
 
Refreshments served from 14:15 on,
 	Lecture starts at 14:30
 
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