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Transitional Works, 1962 - 1965: Profile of a Woman's Face

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  • Filename: 395.jpg
  • Accession: C07.13061

  • Title: Profile of a Woman's Face

  • Title 2: Smoothed version of quantized figure

  • Creator: J.G. Raudseps
  • Date: 1963

  • Historical Significance: Rausped’s work represents one of the first attempts to interpolate raster data. In sum, his research proceeded in the following way: Step 1: A black and white photograph of a woman in profile was identified. Step 2: In order to simplify the grayscale data in the photograph, a painting of the photograph was created. Step 3: The painting was subsequently photographed and digitized. Step 4: The grays in the photograph were “quantized,” or mapped into regions. Step 5: The program created by Rausped to interpolate the quantized raster data was implemented. The goal of this process was to introduce enough gradation in the grayscale that the final output image was indiscernible from the photograph in Step 3.

  • Notes: By chance, Csuri picked up a report from the Electrical Engineering Department. An image of a woman’s face in profile captured his attention. He had discovered the robotics and image processing research of Professor Robert MeGee and graduate students William Haagen and J. G. Raudseps.

  • Reproduction Format: scan of photograph of original
  • Date - Reproduction Item: May 10, 2006