Texas A&M University Institute of Advanced Studies

Mathematicians Helping Art Conservators and Art Historians

Eminent Scholar Lecture

  • Mathematicians Helping Art Conservators and Art Historians - Dr. Ingrid Daubechies

Ingrid Daubechies is a Belgian physicist and mathematician. She is best known for her work with wavelets in image compression. One of the world’s most cited mathematicians, she is recognized for her study of the mathematical methods that enhance image compression technology. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This lecture will review several instances where mathematics have helped art historians and art conservators in studying and understanding art works in the last decade or so. Some of them led (and are still leading) to interesting new challenges in signal and image analysis. In other applications we can virtually rejuvenate art works, bringing a different understanding and experience of the art to museum visitors as well as to experts.

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