Materials in the wild
09:30 - 10:30
Our daily lives bring us in contact with a rich range of materials that contribute to both the utility and aesthetics of our environment. Human beings are remarkably good at perceiving subtle distinctions in material appearance; e.g., is this fabric silk or cotton? is this surface granite or laminate?
But what makes silk look like silk? We are working on understanding why materials have their distinct appearance, and how humans perceive materials in their daily lives to understand the world they live in. This understanding has broad applications in vision and graphics in virtual and augmented reality, e-commerce and retail, and industrial and interior design.