Gibbons Lecture Series: A Better Paintbrush?
Speaker: Professor Geoff Wyvill
When: 6pm for 6.30pm start, Thursday 2nd May, 2013
Geoff Wyvill is an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at the University of Otago where he has been since 1979, coming with a BA in Physics from Oxford University and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Bradford. From his initial appointment he has lead a strong research team in Computer Graphics with interests in both the theory and the practice – with Ian Taylor he started "Animation Research Ltd" in Dunedin. He is rightly regarded as the "founder of Computer Graphics in New Zealand". His continued research interests include Computer Graphics, modeling, rendering and texture generation, interaction and user interface, computers and music.
Synopsis: Only a tiny part of our thinking is expressed by words or symbols. Whenever we use our eyes to recognise people, places or objects, we process far more complex information than when we perform arithmetic or play chess.
When the computer 'talks' to us in pictures, it moves into a new and larger world. Computer Graphics is not a little part of Information Science, it is the discipline that has made computers universally useful for ordinary people. By combining logic with visual thinking we expand our abilities in art, design and engineering. I will explain some of the resulting 'magic', including New Zealand's part in the overall story.
The lecture will be streamed live.