Institute for Mathematical Innovation

Mathematics Can Make You Fly?

Special effects and image manipulation

IMI Public Lecture

Speaker: Dr Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge                          

When: Wednesday 24 May at 3.15 pm - 4.15 pm (Tea and coffee from 2.45 pm)

Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre (Building 4W, Room 1.7)

Audience: FREE event, open to all with a ticket. Get your free ticket.


Carola-Bibiane Schonlieb

Well not quite - but it can make you seem to be flying!

In this popular mathematics lecture, Carola-Bibiane will give an insight into how maths can be used to create such an effect. This includes partial differential equations and methods for interpolating digital images used to create special effects and in virtual image restoration.

After lifting the mystery on how maths can make you fly, Carola-Bibiane will explain how these mathematical concepts can be used beyond special effects - from the reconstruction of crucial information in satellite images, and the restoration of magnetic resonance (MR) images, to the manipulation of digital photographs and the restoration of artworks.


Dr Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb

Carola-Bibiane SchonliebCarola-Bibiane Schönlieb is a Reader in Applied and Computational Analysis, head of the Cambridge Image Analysis (CIA) group at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge.

Moreover, she is Director of the Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information, Co-Director of the EPSRC Centre for Mathematical and Statistical Analysis of Multimodal Clinical Imaging, a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge and co-leader of the IMAGES network.

Recognising her spectacular contributions to the mathematics of image analysis and inverse imaging problems Carola-Bibiane received the prestigious Whitehead Prize from the London Mathematical Society in 2016.

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