CHM panel: Pixels and Me 7:00 Wednesday, March 23, 2005

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    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2005

    ODYSSEYS IN TECHNOLOGY
    A Computer History Museum Speaker Series Sponsored by Sun Microsystems
    Laboratories Presents "Pixels and Me"
    With
    Richard F. Lyons
    Chief Scientist, Foveon, Inc., Spouse Member of the ACM, and Fellow of the
    IEEE

    Member Reception - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Lecture - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    ABSTRACT
    Computers have revolutionized image media. Richard Lyon, one of the current
    pioneers of digital cameras, has found that several generations of pioneers
    in this field have been entangled with the terms "picture element" and
    "pixel" and that studying the history of the terminology is a fruitful
    approach to the history of the people and technology. Vladimir Zworykin's
    television research group at RCA popularized the term "picture element" in
    the 1930s, while the TV researchers at Bell Labs ignored that term,
    preferring "image element." Fred Billingsley and others at the the Jet
    Propulsion Laboratory developed computerized image processing and propagated
    the term "pixel" in the 1960s, while image processing researchers at Bell
    Labs ignored that term, preferring "pel." In the early 1970s, "pixel" was
    spread through computer image processing publications from NASA, USC, IBM,
    Stanford, University of Missouri, and other places, eventually coming to be
    applied to elements of image sensor hardware, such as Lyon's optical mouse
    in 1980 and digital camera sensors more recently. Many of the people
    involved in this convoluted history have provided their personal
    recollections and documents to help piece the story together, and more such
    inputs will be solicited from the Computer History Museum audience.
    This talk is dedicated to Fred Billingsley and George Peterson of the NASA
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


    Hahn Auditorium
    Computer History Museum
    1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard
    Mountain View, CA 94043
    http://www.computerhistory.org/events/directions/museum_map.html

    REGISTRATION
    Free. Suggested donation of 10.00 at the door from non-members.
    RSVP is required.
    http://www.computerhistory.org/pixels_03232005

    Call 650-810-1005 for information.

    BACKGROUND
    Odysseys in Technology, A Computer History Museum Speaker Series Sponsored
    by Sun Microsystems Laboratories, presents people and perspectives behind
    extraordinary innovations and advancements in the computer
    technology-related world. Each event in the Series provides stimulating
    interaction with authentic experts whose achievements have transformed how
    things are done or viewed, and to examine how their personal stories might
    inform the present and future. These programs occasionally feature
    technologies or point events, with the objective to apply lessons of history
    to present day understanding and inspiration.
     
    John Francis, Mar 19, 2005
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