Title :

Science Art Synergy - the CAD/CAM Way

Speaker :

Prof. Gershon Elber

Department of Computer Science

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Venue :

Room 1009, William M. W. Mong Engineering Building, CUHK

Date :

Jan 31, 2012, Tuesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 several artistically-related applications where computer aided geometric design can have an impact. Indeed, we will start by presenting 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 and we will portray a modeling package to synthesize many of these so called `impossible models`. Then, we will examine other applications, including glass laser etching and the makings of tangible-mosaics.

P.S. This talk imposes no prerequisites beyond an open mind.

Biography :

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".

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