Any luminous or illuminated object continuously emits images of itself, in all directions and
over huge distances. At the speed of light images convey a wealth of information about their
origins, which our visual system can decipher almost without effort, in real time, extremely
efficient, and enormously robust. Consequently, the visual sense has evolved to become our prime
modality for gathering information of our environs.
In my talk I will outline how we have only just begun to exploit visual information as the ideal
interface between the real and digital world, as well as between the digital domain and human
brains. In this respect, Visual Computing constitutes an enabling technology of the 21. century
that will pave the way for technological advances of substantial socio-economic impact.
Marcus Magnor heads the Computer Graphics Lab of the Computer Science Department at Technische
Universität Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig). He received his BA (1995) and MS (1997) in Physics from
Würzburg University and the University of New Mexico, respectively, and his PhD (2000) in
Electrical Engineering from Erlangen University. For his post-graduate studies, he joined the
Computer Graphics Lab at Stanford University. In 2002, he established the Independent Research
Group Graphics-Optics-Vision at the Max-Planck-Institut Informatik in Saarbrücken. He completed his
habilitation in 2005 and received the venia legendi for Computer Science from Saarland University.
In 2009, he was Fulbright Scholar at the University of New Mexico, USA, where he holds an
appointment as adjunct professor at the Physics and Astronomy Department. His research interests
meander along the visual information processing pipeline, i.e. from image formation, acquisition,
and analysis to image synthesis, display, perception, and cognition. Areas of research include (but
are not limited to) computer graphics, computer vision, visual perception, image processing,
computational photography, astrophysics, imaging, optics, visual analytics, and visualization.
University of Konstanz, Universitätsstr. 10, Konstanz
University of Stuttgart, VISUS-Building, Allmandring 19, Vaihingen
Powerwall Room -01.116 (Live Transmission)