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Mathematicians Helping Art Historians and Art Conservators
ICERM, Brown University's Math Institute
Providence, RI
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Thursday May 02, 2024 6:30 PM - Thursday May 02, 2024 7:30 PM | Free


Mathematicians Helping Art Historians and Art Conservators
An ICERM Public Lecture - Mathematicians Helping Art Historians and Art Conservators
Ingrid Daubechies, Duke University

Thursday, May 2, 2024
ICERM, 121 South Main Street, 11th Floor, Providence, RI 02903

Light reception: 6:00 pm
Lecture begins: 6:30 pm

In recent years, mathematical algorithms have helped art historians and art conservators putting together the thousands of fragments into which an unfortunate WWII bombing destroyed world famous frescos by Mantegna, decide that certain paintings by masters were roll mates (their canvases were cut from the same bolt), virtually remove artifacts in preparation for a restoration campaign, get more insight into paintings hidden underneath a visible one.

The presentation reviews these applications, and gives a glimpse into the mathematical aspects that make this possible.

Ingrid Daubechies earned her Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She currently holds the title of James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University.

Although her degree is in (theoretical) physics, she thought she would become an engineer while growing up. Her mother was heartbroken when she opted for pure science instead, and predicted Ingrid would end up in the gutter, jobless. Fortunately, matters turned out better. Her academic work focuses on mathematical methods for the analysis of signals, images, and data; with applications in many directions.

She enjoys working in collaboration with others, in her scientific work as well as otherwise. The latter include, most recently, a collaborative mixed media art installation that celebrates the beauty, creativity, and fun of mathematics.


ICERM, Brown University's Math Institute (View)
121 S. Main St
Providence, RI 02903
United States



Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



Registration is not required if you wish to attend virtually, simply use this link during the scheduled talk time to access the live stream https://icerm.brown.edu/live-stream/.

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