Silicon Valley Innovation Institute: When Computers Look at Art

Turning Vision into Value

Invite your friends and colleagues and join us for the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute’s Innovation Society 2009 Series.

SVII “First Wednesday”
Innovation Society Meeting

March 4th, 2009
6:00 – 9:30 pm

Presenter: David Stork, Chief Scientist, Ricoh Innovations

Thanks to cutting edge advancements in computer science, questions and controversies in the study of art are now being answered in ways that were not previously possible. For example, computer analysis is currently being used to authenticate paintings attributed to artists such as Jackson Pollock and Vincent Van Gogh.

An analysis of perspective, shading, color, and form has thrown a wrench into David Hockney’s bold claim that as early as 1420, Renaissance artists employed optical devices such as concave mirrors to project images onto their canvases.

How do these computer methods work?

What can computers reveal about images that even the best-trained connoisseurs, art historians and artist cannot?

How much more powerful and revealing will these methods become?

In short, how is computer image analysis changing our understanding of art?

Join us as David Stork addresses these questions and more. David is Chief Scientist at Ricoh Innovations. He is also a Consulting Professor of Statistics at Stanford, and a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition. He has authored and co-authored many publications, including Seeing the Light: Optics in Nature, Photography, Color, Vision, and Holography, the leading textbook on optics and the arts; Pattern Classification, the best-selling textbook in the field, and other critical works. He is also the creator of the PBS documentary, 2001: HAL’s Legacy.

Bring your curiosity, and your own insights.

Program Schedule:

6:00   Networking
6:45   Community Buffet Dinner
7:10   Appetizer Story—Etch your Banana!
7:15   Introductions
7:30   Feature Presentation
8:30   Showing Up in support of Innovation
9:30   Closing

Drinks are available on a no-host basis.

Event fee – $30. Pay at the meeting or use PayPal.


Bay Cafe, Bayshore Ballroom
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Drive down Embarcadero East, past Ming’s, turn left into the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course; from the parking lot, walk up the wide path toward the golf course buildings; the restaurant will be on the right.

Restaurant direct line: 650-856-0999

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Need to reach us at the last minute? Call 415-307-0645.

Outlook—What’s Coming Up Next Month:

Innovation Insights and Elements: SunSPOTs and More
Roger Meike, SunLabs


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